Face masks and social distancing: Due to the rising prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities, we strongly encourage healthcare staff and visitors to wear a face covering in all of our settings, particularly in clinical areas and those with high footfall. Please exercise a common-sense approach and personal responsibility to help us reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our patients, workforce and services. In addition to wearing a face covering, it is important to continue to maintain social distancing where possible. Thank you for your continued support and co-operation at this time. We continue to regularly review our advice based on prevalence in our communities and our hospitals.
Did you know that your local opticians can offer you far more than vision checks, glasses and contact lenses?
If you have an eye problem that needs urgent attention, please contact your local optician, as they have the expertise and specialist equipment to help you. Most opticians have optometrists who are part of the Eye Health Examination Wales Service. If you have a problem with your eyes like red eye, flashing lights or floaters, you can go there instead of your GP, and it won't cost you anything. Optometrists in Wales also offer a Low Vision Service, so you don't have to go to a hospital to be assessed.
For more details: Eyecare Wales
If you have an urgent problem with your eyes outside of normal working hours, ring 111 for advice.
Pharmacists can also help with common eye conditions. Conjunctivitis (bacterial) and dry eye can be treated by pharmacists under the Common Ailments Scheme. This means that once you register for the scheme at your local pharmacist, any medicines you need for these conditions will be supplied free of charge by your pharmacist including both prescription and over-the-counter treatments. For more details about the Common Ailments Scheme see this page or ask at your local pharmacy.