McDowell Opticians offers an accredited Emergency Eye Care service. This is part of a new NHS-funded referral scheme called NI PEARS. It recognizes the role of specially trained optometrists as the first port of call for eye problems.

Our optometrists Richard and Victoria are able to clinically assess a patient, establish a diagnosis, determine the clinical management required and prescribe a course of treatment where necessary.

If you have a sudden eye complaint you can get it urgently assessed by us. In the majority of cases, this can be quicker than waiting for an appointment with your GP or attending A&E. You will receive the same type of eye examination offered by an optometrist in the hospital, and we can usually prescribe a course of treatment. If there is a more serious problem, you will be referred to a specialist at the eye hospital.

Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Corneal abrasions (scratched eye)
  • Eye allergies
  • Keratitis (inflamed cornea)
  • Conjunctivitis (red eye)
  • Anterior uveitis
  • Pain and/or discomfort in the eyes, around the eye area
  • Sudden reduction in vision in one or both eyes
  • Recent onset or sudden increase of flashes and/or floaters in one or both eyes
  • Suspected foreign body in the eye.


Northern Ireland Primary Eye-care Assessment and Referral Service

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