NHS funded Eyecare Services

Please note: The services listed below are by referral only, if you have any concerns please book an appointment with your local optometrist.

Cataract service

In some parts of Devon following routine uncomplicated cataract surgery you will be discharged following surgery to go on to have your follow up at your optical practice, thus enabling care closer to home for you.

Relevant Documents:

Cataract Follow Up Patient Instructions

Cataract Information Leaflet



Glaucoma monitoring service

The scheme is a community based on-going care service provided by accredited optometrists for patients discharged from the Royal Eye Infirmary (Plymouth) with the following eye conditions: Ocular hypertension, Glaucoma or a glaucoma suspect.

Relevant Documents:


Community Glaucoma Monitoring Scheme - Patient information

Community Optometrist Follow Up Info Leaflet




Diabetic Retinal screening service

Diabetic eye screening is a key part of diabetes care. People with diabetes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it's not treated.  This service is provided in Optician practices in the Plymouth area.

We provide screening sites across Plymouth and we work in partnership with EMIS Care to provide this service.

Plymouth DESP Appointment & Booking Office

Room 101b Plymouth Science Park 1 Davy Road DerrifordPlymouth PL6 8BX

Tel: 01752 717 220not active until 2 April 2017Email:

Intra-ocular pressure (IOP) referral refinement service

Across Devon there is an IOP referral refinement service.  This service is to refine eye pressures tests to ensure only appropriate patients are referred to hospital with certain eye conditions.






Minor Eye Conditions Service- MECS

This service provides urgent eye assessments for patients complaining of recent/sudden onset of specific minor eye conditions.

The service provides care closer to home, avoiding a trip to the hospital for patients who do not require emergency eye care but need to be seen by an accredited Eye Care Practitioner.

The service is provided by a range of optician practices across the area (Plymouth City, parts of South Hams, West Devon and East Cornwall).  See patient leaflet below for more information.

MECS SignPosting Leaflet for patients (Leaflet)- FINAL (Sept 2018)


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