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Eye problems

Don't wait for a doctors appointment

Call your local optician

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 and details of participating opticians.


  • 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


Auckland Opticians, 14 -16 Barnsley Road, Goldthorpe, S63 6AB - 01709 891991

Auckland Opticians, 111A Houghton Road, Thurnscoe, S63 0NG - 01709 893317

Auckland Opticians, Ivy Cottage, Back Lane, Penistone, S36 6AB - 01226 766996

Berrys Opticians, 54 Market Street, Barnsley, S70 1SN - 01226 203074

C.A. Raison Opticians, 46 Cheapside, Barnsley, S70 1RU - 01226 731292

iVision Opticians, 6 - 8 Peel Square, Barnsley, S70 1YA - 01226 731271

iVision Opticians, 77a High Street, Wombwell, S73 8HS - 01226 752149

J.R.Morton Opticians, 38 Church Street, Darton, S75 5HG - 01226 385498

Martyn Kemp Opticians, 6 Harry Brearley House, Fox Valley Way, Stocksbridge, S36 2AE - 01142 882287

Norwood & Perrin Opticians, 8 - 10 Eldon Arcade, Barnsley, S70 2JP - 01226 206033

Parkhurst Opticians, 4 High Street, Goldthorpe, S63 9LR - 01709 894479

Parkhurst Opticians, 1 Lower Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough, S64 9NU - 01709 582315

Premier Eyecare, 5 King Street, Hoyland, S74 9JU - 01226 742158

Scrivens Ltd, 13 Market Street, Barnsley, S70 1SL - 01226 295293

Scrivens Ltd, 7 High Street, Penistone, S30 6BR - 01226 762344

Specsavers, 14 Queen Street, Barnsley, S70 1SJ - 01226 771455

Specsavers, 16-18 York Square, Mexborough, S649DG - 01709 573010

Specsavers, 10 Barnsley Rd, South Elmsall, WF9 2SE - 01977 648 182

Thomas & Holloway Opticians, 15 Ecclesfield Rd, Chapeltown, S35 1TD - 01142 467764

Vision Express, Tesco, Wombwell Lane, Barnsley, S70 3NS - 01226 107161

Vision Express, Tesco Extra, Abbeydale Drive, Sheffield, S7 2QB - 01144 784088

Vision Express, Meadowhall High Street, S9 1EN - 01142 568866

Vision Express, Meadowhall Arcade, S9 1EH - 01142 568899