Emergency Appointments

We’re accredited to provide a Primary Eyecare Assessment and Referral Service (PEARS). This is also known as the Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) scheme.

This means we may be able to see you in an emergency if you have:

A recent and sudden change to your vision

In-growing eyelashes

Irritation and inflammation

A significant recent sticky discharge from your eye

Something in your eye

Pain in your eye

A recent or sudden increase of flashers and floaters

Dry, gritty and uncomfortable eyes

Watery eyes

Red eye

Go to Accident and Emergency if you have:

Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes

Significant trauma such as a penetrating injury or lacerations to your eye or eyelid

Chemical injury or burns

Problems arising from recent eye surgery

Your GP, practice nurse, pharmacist or another optician who isn’t PEARS/CUES accredited can refer you to the service or you can also self-refer.

The service is FREE if the GP you’re registered with is part of the MECS/PEARS scheme.

 We can still see you in an emergency if your GP is not part of the scheme, for a nominal fee.


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We guarantee that we will see you on the same day or within 24 hours.

Once we’ve examined your eyes, we’ll either treat you ourselves or:

Book you an urgent appointment at the hospital eye clinic if your condition is serious

Refer you to the hospital eye clinic if you need to be seen by them but your condition is not urgent

Advise you to see your GP if your eye condition is related to your general health

Advise you to visit your local pharmacist for medication

What our PEARS accreditation means

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Our accreditation under PEARS proves we are an ophthalmic practitioner with the specialist knowledge, skills and equipment needed to carry out a detailed eye examination. Not all opticians are qualified to this degree, even if they have the necessary equipment.

Therefore, if you are referred to us or you find you need to see us in an emergency, please rest assured. We are highly-qualified and experienced and will always provide you with the best possible eye care.

“Exemplary Clinical Care & Highly Professional Staff”

“I have now had occasion to use Optimum Vision Clinic in Tadley for emergency treatment on three separate occasions. On each occasion the optometrist has immediately identified the location and extent of my retinal tears and arranged urgent referrals to hospital for treatment. Not only has the optometrist repeatedly demonstrated a commendably high level of clinical skill and diligence but they have been most ably assisted by an equally caring and helpful dispensing optician.

On the most recent occasion, I arrived just before closing time but both the optometrist and the dispensing optician stayed on long after they should have closed in order to examine me, ensure that an urgent referral was arranged before leaving at least an hour late. I can thoroughly recommend the staff and facilities at Optimum Vision Clinic and thank them for looking after me so well.”

Desmond McCarthy