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Urgent Eyecare Service (CUES)
What is the Urgent Eyecare Service?
 
The Urgent Eyecare Service (UES) provides urgent assessment, treatment or referral for sudden onset eye problems such as flashes, floaters, vision loss or minor eye injuries.
What Symptoms Can Be Treated by the Urgent Eyecare Service?
Red or painful eye or eyelids
Recently occurring flashes and floaters
Recent and sudden loss of vision
Foreign body in the eye
 
This is an NHS service provided by accredited optometrists (also commonly known as opticians).
Who Is This Service For?
 
If you are registered with a local GP in an area where the service is commissioned, you can use this service. It is for people of all ages – adults and children – and you do not need a GP referral. Children under 16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult.
 
List of opticians in Tameside & Glossop that provide this service:  CUES Practices Tameside & Glossop (1).pdf
Patient leaflet information:  CUES - Patient leaflet.pdf
 
Cataract
Cataract is where the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, so it is difficult to see through. You may find things look cloudy or blurred, bright lights dazzle and you may see double in the affected eye.
Ask your optometrist for their advice.
 
Glaucoma
It is a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve (at the back of the eye) is damaged. The common form of glaucoma is the chronic form. This is normally very slow to progress but it gradually damages your peripheral (side) vision. Eventually it results in tunnel vision – like looking down a long tube.  If you need any more advice or explanation, please ask your optometrist.
 
For further information on eye conditions/services: https://primaryeyecare.co.uk/services/urgent-eyecare-service/
 
AMD (age-related macular degeneration)
AMD is a painless eye condition that causes you to lose central vision, usually in both eyes. Central vision is what you use when you read and look at faces. The good news is that, with rapid diagnosis and treatment, deterioration can usually be stopped in its tracks, and often vision may be restored, simply speak to your optometrist or GP who can directly refer you if you need AMD treatment