If you have an eye problem, you can make an emergency appointment with an optician (also known as an optometrist). These appointments are provided free by the NHS and will ensure you receive the right specialist care as soon as possible.

Opticians (optometrists) have the same specialist equipment as specialist eye doctors (hospital ophthalmologists) and may be able to treat and manage your eye problem without a need for you to go anywhere else.

They can also refer you to a hospital eye clinic if necessary.

To make an emergency appointment, telephone your optician/optometrist or call 111 to speak to an adviser when your local optician is not available out of hours.

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