Opticians in Greater Manchester
In Tameside, local people can seek optician help in the community to avoid a visit to hospital for accident and emergencies related to eyes.
A service has been set up so patients can access free urgent NHS care at some optometry practices locally.
Some optometrists have equipment to take scans of the eye and others have had additional training to allow them to prescribe eye medications.
Optometrists can share information with the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital to get an extra opinion when required and patients may be sent onto the hospital if further care is needed.