Optometry First


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There is a free eye care service across Barnsley for people experiencing common, minor eye problems.


There is a free eye care service across Barnsley for people experiencing common, minor eye problems.

Instead of waiting for a GP appointment, you can now make an appointment with a local participating optician and be seen within one or two working days. Opticians provide appointments during the week and weekends. The optician will assess and treat the condition, or make a referral where appropriate.

To make an appointment, call one of the opticians from the list below. You will be asked some questions about your symptoms in order to assess how quickly you need to be seen by the service, which will be within 24 hours in urgent cases and within a few days for routine appointments.

Please take your glasses and a list of your current medication with you to the appointment. The optometrist may put drops in your eyes to enlarge your pupils in order to get a better view inside your eyes. You should not drive until the effects of these drops have worn off, which may take a few hours.

If your condition is more serious, the optometrist will book you an urgent appointment at a hospital eye clinic. If you need a routine appointment with a hospital, the optometrist will organise this for you. You may also be advised to make an appointment with your GP if your eye condition is related to your general health.

Click here to download the information leaflet with full details of the service. 

See below for conditions that can be treated by the service.

  • Red eye or eyelids
  • Dry eye, or gritty and uncomfortable eyes
  • Irritation and inflammation of the eye
  • Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye
  • Recently occurring flashes or floaters
  • Ingrowing eyelashes
  • Recent and sudden loss of vision
  • Foreign body in the eye

If you have an eye condition that is being monitored by their GP or hospital you should contact your GP practice or hospital department in the first instance.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you should go to A&E immediately:

•    Considerable eye pain

•    Significant trauma, such as a penetrating injury or lacerations to the eye or eyelid

•    Chemical injury or burn

•    Problems arising from recent eye surgery

Contact Details

Contact name: Contact local participating Optician for appointment

Mobile number:


Address details:

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Published: 09 August 2019