MECS stands for Minor Eye Conditions Service. It is a NHS funded service for all that are registered with a GP within Ashford, Canterbury & Coastal, Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley, Medway, Swale and Thanet . If you have a sudden concern with the health of your eyes or if your GP advises you to attend – you may be entitled to an appointment with a specifically accredited optometrist. These community based practices offer ease of access to highly trained health professionals with specialised equipment, with the aim of helping to manage your eye complaint.


East Kent MECS Participating Practices


Brownbills Optometrists, Norwood St, Ashford TN23 1QT
Tel: 01233 625360

Cargills Optometrists, 7 North St, Ashford TN24 8LF
Tel: 01233 620597

Specsavers Opticians, 36 County Square, Ashford TN23 1YD
Tel: 01233 629999

Specsavers Opticians, Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford, TN24 8YN
Tel: 01233 622055

Vision Express Ltd, 58 High St, Ashford TN24 8TB
Currently unable to provide MECS
Tel: 01233 636030


R&J Moore Ltd, 47 Station Road, Birchington CT10 1NQ
Tel: 01843 846016


Boots Opticians Ltd, West Wood Cross, 7 Margate Rd, Broadstairs, CT10 2BF
Unable to provide MECS 14/08/2021 – 02/09/2021
Tel: 01843 862961

R&J Moore Ltd, 87 High Street, Broadstairs CT10 1NQ
Tel: 01843 864866

Specsavers Opticians (Margate)
Reduced MECS availability: 18/08/21 to 31/08/21
Thanet Westwood Cross Sainsbury’s, Dadson Way, Ramsgate, CT12 5FJ
Tel: 01843 231232


Boots Opticians Ltd, 12 Gravel Walk Canterbury Kent CT1 2TF
Tel: 01227 462106

Cargills Optometrists, 59 St. Peter’s Street,Canterbury CT1 2BE
Tel: 01227 766670

Pybus Opticians, 5 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DY
Tel: 01227 760501

Specsavers Opticians, 7 Rose Lane, Canterbury CT1 2SJ
Tel: 01227 811580


Boots Opticians Ltd, 26-28 High St, Deal CT14 7AE
Tel: 01304 375794

Specsavers Opticians, 13 High Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 7AA
Tel: 01304 382420


Specsavers Opticians, 1-16 Biggin Street, Dover, Kent, CT16 1BD
Tel: 01304 242020


Eye Emporium t/a J A High, 8 Market Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AA
Tel: 01795 532803

Optima Opticians, 4 Jacob Yard, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NY
Tel: 01795 531885

Specsavers Opticians, 1 Preston St, Faversham ME13 8NS
Tel: 01795 538319


Cargills Optometrists, 122 Sandgate Rd, Folkestone CT20 2BW
Tel: 01303 254471

Eye Folk, 20 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, CT20 1DZ
Tel: 01303 252345

Specsavers Opticians, 14 Bouverie Place, Folkestone CT20 1AU
Tel: 01303 212010

Specsavers Opticians
Sainsburys, Park Farm Retail Park, Park Farm Road, Folkestone, CT19 5GA
Tel: 01303 256195

Herne Bay

Specsavers Opticians, 6 The Boulevard, Altira Park, Herne Bay CT6 6GZ
Tel: 01227 372836


Cargills Optometrists, 139 High Street, Hythe, CT21 5JL
Tel: 01303 266458

David Snow, 12 High Street, Hythe CT21 5AT
Tel: 01303 263770


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


R&J Moore Ltd, 35 Queen Street, Ramsgate CT11 9DZ
Tel: 01843 593027

Specsavers Opticians, 37 High Street, Ramsgate CT11 9AG
Reduced MECS availability: 18/08/21 to 31/08/21
Tel: 01843 853856


R&J Moore Ltd, 16a King Street, Sandwich CT1 3BT
Tel: 01304 614322


Specsavers Opticians, Unit 7/8, The Forum, Sittingbourne ME10 3DL
Tel: 01795 436100


Tenterden Eye Centre, Unit 1 The Cellars, 3-5 High St, Tenterden TN30 6BNT
Tel: 01580 765222

Wilson Wilson and Hancock Ltd, 7 High St, Tenterden TN30 6BN
Tel: 01580 762069


Eye Emporium t/a J A High, 114 High St, Whitstable CT5 1AZ
Tel: 01227 264993

R&J Moore Ltd, 59 High Street, Whitstable CT5 1AP
Tel: 01227 261981

Specsavers Opticians, 22 High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1BQ
Tel: 01227 773890



Repeat IOP Service

The following practices are currently participating in the East Kent Repeat IOP Service:

Biggs Opticians
68 High Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6HE

Biggs Opticians
5-7 High Street, Dover, Kent, CT16 1DP

Boots Opticians, Ashford
56 High Street, Ashford, TN24 8TB

Boots Opticians, Park Mall, Ashford  
12 Park Mall, Ashford, TN24 8SD

Boots Opticians, Canterbury  
12 Gravel Walk, Whitefriars, Canterbury, CT1 2TF

Boots Opticians
26 High Street, Deal, CT14 7AE

Boots Opticians, Folkestone
78 Sandgate Road, Folkestone, CT20 1DP

Boots Opticians
Westwood Cross Retail Park, Margate Road, Broadstairs, CT10 2BF

Brownbills Optometrists
Cecil House, Norwood Street, Ashford, TN23 1QT

7 North Street, Ashford, TN24 8LF

59 St Peters Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BE

122 Sandgate Road, Folkstone, CT20 2BW

139c High Street, Hythe, CT21 5JL

Eye Emporium t/a J A High
8 Market Street, Faversham, ME13 7AA

Eye Emporium t/a J A High
114 High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AZ

Eye Folk
20 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, CT20 1DZ

4 Jacobs Yard, Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8NS

Pybus Opticians
5 Palace Street, Canterbury, CT1 2DY

R & J Moore (Ramsgate)
35 Queens Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DZ

Specsavers, Canterbury
7 Rose Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2SJ

Specsavers, Deal
13 High Street, Deal, CT14 7AA

Specsavers, Dover
Unit 2, 11-16 Biggin Street, Dover, CT16 1BD

Specsavers, Margate
78 High Street, Margate, CT9 1DT

Specsavers, Ramsgate
37 High Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9AG

Tenderden Eye Centre
Unit 1, 3-5 High Street, Tenterden, TN30 6BN

Wilson, Wilson & Hancock
7 High Street, Tenterden, TN30 6BN

If your practice would like to join the scheme, please email Michelle Martins at


North Kent Eye Service


Crayford Optical Centre, 11a Crayford High Street, Crayford, Kent, DA1 4HH
Telephone:    01322 557700


Boots Opticians, 30-34 Wilmott Square, Pentagon Centre, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4BB
Telephone:    01634 828672

Specsavers Opticians, 215 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4BG
Telephone:     01634 818555


Boots Opticians, 48-52 High Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DE – service temporarily suspended 26/03/20
Telephone: 01322 223935

Jackie Rothery, Crown House, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DZ
Telephone:      0203 405 1797

Linklater Opticians, 22 Lowfield Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1HD
Currently offering a reduced MECS service (Aug 21)
Telephone:      01322 223113

Specsavers Opticians, 54 High Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DE
Telephone:      01322 294040


Eye Emporium t/a John High, 8 Market Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7AA
Telephone:         01795 532803

Optima Opticians, Jacob Yard, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NS
Telephone:         01795 531885


Specsavers Opticians, 137 High Street, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1AQ
Telephone:         01634 583350

T.J.Woolley, 60 Watling Street, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 2YN
No MECS available: 14th – 21st August 2021
Telephone:         01634 281291


Boots Opticians, 9 Kempthorne Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0TA (Weds, Fri, alternate Saturdays) Telephone:      01474 352911

Medical Eye Centre, 14 King Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2EB
Telephone:      01474 321553

Specsavers Opticians, 19-20 Thamesgate Shopping Centre, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0AU Telephone:       01474 537878


Kent Eye Care, 786 London Road, Larkfield, Aylesford, ME20 6BE
Telephone:        01732 873378


Eye 2 Eye, Mid Kent Shopping Centre, Castle Road, Allington, Maidstone, ME16 0PU
Telephone:        01622 672563


Patrick Duff Opticians Ltd, 63 High Street, Rainham, ME8 7HS
Telephone:         01634 231308


John Frewin Opticians, 7 Broadway, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1AB
Telephone:         01795 662818

Specsavers Sheerness, 67-69 High Street, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1NS
Telephone:         01795 414000


John Frewin Opticians, 114 High Street, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4PL
Telephone:         01795 472550

Specsavers Opticians, Unit 7/8, The Forum, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 3DL
Telephone:         01795 436100


Niall O’Kane, 78-80 High Street, Strood, Kent, ME2 4AR
Telephone:        01634 290178

Specsavers Opticians, 58 High Street, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2 4AR
Telephone:        01634 541341


Asda Opticians, London Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7UN
Telephone:      01322 661963

Specsavers Opticians, Unit 39, The Shopping Centre, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7TQ
Telephone:        01322 616465


Osborne Harle Ltd, 1-3 Martin Hardie Way, Tonbridge, Kent, TN10 4AE
Telephone:         01732 368678

West Malling

Kings Hill Opticians, 2 Liberty Square, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4AU (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Telephone:    01732 875544


Please click here for more information on the North Kent MECS Service