ACES is a free service available to all patients registered with a Somerset GP. The service is provided by local optometrists with the specialist knowledge and skills and is designed for the assessment and treatment of recently occurring medical eye conditions such as:
Sudden or recent reduction in vision in one or both eyes Red eye(s) or eye lids Pain and/or discomfort in the eyes, around the eye area or temples Recent onset or sudden increase of flashes and/or floaters in one or both eyes Mild trauma, for example a scratch to the outer surface of the eye(s) or lid(s) Suspected foreign body in the eye Recent onset of double vision Significant recent discharge from or watering from the eye
– If you have an eye condition that is being regularly monitored by your optometrist or the hospital eye service, this will not be covered by ACES; for example: cataracts, glaucoma or dry eye
– The service does not replace the routine eye examination, eye tests or prescriptions for spectacles
– A sight test will not be performed as part of the assessment or treatment and you will not be issued with a prescription for spectacles
You can contact an approved optometrist directly (self-refer) and make an appointment and ask to be seen under ACES. Appointments are available during usual working hours.
Our practice team may direct you to ACES if they feel this is an appropriate route of care.
Please see below for a list of approved participating optometrists and an ACES information leaflet.