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APCOS… that needs attention?

The Acute Primary Care Ophthalmology Service (APCOS) is a free NHS service available to all patients registered with a West Kent GP. It provides patients experiencing recently occurring medical eye conditions, that wouldn’t normally be treated at an opticians, with appropriate treatment closer to home.

The eye conditions an APCOS practitioner can treat include:
* Sudden and recent reduction in vision in one or both eyes
* Red eye(s) or eyelids
* Pain and/or discomfort in the eyes
* Recent onset or sudden increase in flashes and/or floaters in one or both eyes
* Mild trauma, for example a scratch to the outer surface of the eye or eyelid
* Suspected foreign body in the eye
* Recent onset of double vision
* Significant recent discharge from or watering of the eye.

The service is provided by local specialist independent prescribing optometrists and a GP with the specialist knowledge and skills to carry out this work locally. They are:

Deacon Harle
Osborne Harle Optometrists
1-3 Martin Hardie Way
Kent TN10 4AE
Tel: 01732 368678

Chirag Patel
Eye 2 Eye Opticians
Unit 8, Mid Kent Shopping Centre,
Castle Road
Kent ME16 0PU
Tel: 01622 672563

John Gurney
Kent Eye Care
786 London Road
Kent ME20 6BE
Tel: 01732 873378

Niall O’Kane
Niall O’Kane Optometrists
78-80 High Street
Kent ME2 4AR
Tel: 01634 290178

Please note that if you have any of the following conditions you should attend your nearest hospital emergency department:
* Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes;
* Considerable pain;
* Significant trauma, such as a penetrating injury;
* Chemical injury or burn;
* Problems arising from recent eye surgery.

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