Minor eye problems

//Minor eye problems
Minor eye problems 2020-01-06T08:40:15+00:00

If you have a recent problem with your eyes – such as sore eyes, red eyes or visual disturbance – and you are registered with a GP practice in the London borough of Richmond, you can be assessed and treated by our local minor eye conditions service located within participating local opticians.

About the minor eye conditions service

The minor eye conditions service is a free NHS service available from a number of local opticians.

Minor eye conditions that can be seen under the service include:

  • Red eye or eyelids
  • Dry eye, or gritty and uncomfortable eyes
  • Irritation and inflammation of the eye
  • Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye
  • Recently occurring flashes or floaters
  • In-growing eyelashes
  • Recent and sudden loss of vision
  • Foreign body in the eye


This service is not for sight tests.

If you have a major eye condition that is being regularly monitored by your optometrist or hospital eye service, this will not be covered by this service, for example: cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.

If you are registered with a GP in Richmond borough you can use this free service.  It is for adults and children aged 5 years and over.  Children under 16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult.

The service is provided by registered optometry practices (opticians) and a list of participating opticians can be found on this page.  This list will be added to over the coming months so do check for your nearest location each time you need to make an appointment.

An appointment will normally be required to access the service.  Appointments are available during normal working hours and some opticians offer appointments at weekends.  Not all opticians will have an optometrist available every day, but if they don’t, they will be able to find you an alternative appointment nearby.

To make an appointment, you can directly call one of the opticians listed below.  You will be asked some questions about your symptoms in order to assess how quickly you need to be seen by the service, which will be within 24 hours in urgent cases and within a couple of days for routine appointments.

Please take your glasses and a list of your current medication with you to the appointment.  The optometrist may put drops in your eyes to enlarge your pupils in order to get a better view inside your eyes.  You should not drive until the effects of these drops have worn off, which may take a few hours.

If your condition is more serious, the optometrist will book you an urgent appointment at a hospital eye clinic.  If you need a routine appointment with a hospital, the optometrist will organise this for you.

You may also be advised to make an appointment with your GP if your eye condition is in relation to your general health.

  • Boots Opticians Putney, 104 Putney High Street, Putney, SW15 1RG, telephone 020 8789 8769
  • Eyecare Opticians, 307 Richmond Road, Ham, KT2 5QU, telephone 020 85490331
  • Eye Smile Whitton, 120-122 High Street, Whitton, TW2 7LL, telephone 020 87557900
  • Focalpoint Opticians, 70 Church Road, Barnes, SW13 0DQ, telephone 020 8748 1666
  • Horrocks & Boyd, 39 Fife Road, Kingston, KT1 1SF, telephone 020 85462481
  • Specsavers Opticians, 3 Quadrant House, Richmond, TW9 1DJ, telephone 020 84399330
  • Specsavers Opticians, 16-18 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 3RR, telephone 020 88317520
  • Specsavers Opticians, 56-58 Clarence Street, Kingston, KT1 1NP, telephone 020 89746677
  • Specsavers Opticians, 72 High Street, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4ET, telephone 020 83367620
  • Specsavers Opticians, Hampton St Clares Sainsbury’s, 303 Uxbridge Road, Hampton Hill, TW12 1AW, telephone 020 8941 0852
  • Specsavers Opticians, 133 Putney High Street, Putney, SW15 1SU, telephone 020 8788 7600