During 2019/2020 there were around 13.4 million NHS eye tests conducted in England. Even though we’re facing a global pandemic, eye tests are still being carried out. The public are strongly encouraged to attend their regular eye tests.
Opticians all over the UK have been working hard to offer alternative eye test and hearing test solutions for those self-isolating, vulnerable or unable to leave their home. Many opticians now offer free consultations via video calls or phone calls, as well as “Ask the Expert” services on social media.
Those with hearing aids may also benefit from a remote tuning service – where the hearing aids can be fine tuned remotely without having to go into the store.
However, this may put individuals at risk of ophthalmic negligence – especially at a time where health services are overwhelmed. As much as healthcare staff are doing the best they can, clinical negligence is still a very real occurrence.
What counts as an eye injury?
Eye injury claims due to medical negligence during treatment include sight loss or eye damage directly caused by mistakes made by private ophthalmologists, high street opticians or the NHS.
This includes, but isn’t limited to:
- Delay in diagnosis of eye infections or failure to treat.
- Misdiagnosis of eye conditions leading to blindness.
- Damage caused by laser eye surgery.
- Below average standard eye operations eg cataract operations
- Retinal detachments.
- Diabetic retinopathy.
- Poor treatment of foreign bodies in the eye.
- Blindness due to inadequate diabetic review.
How much compensation could I get for an eye injury?
The amount of compensation you could receive for an eye injury or sight loss varies from case to case. That’s why it’s important to seek the advice of an expert medical negligence solicitor to find out how much compensation you could receive for your eye injury.
We recommend gathering together as much evidence as you can. This might include:
- Medical records related to any surgery, procedures or treatment received.
- Financial records so you can claim expenses for travel to and from appointments, loss of earnings and any money spent on specialist equipment.
- If you’ve made a complaint to the opticians/NHS/private ophthalmologist, make sure you keep a paper trail of any correspondence.
Should you have had a deterioration in your eye sight which you think is due to a medical clinician’s failure (e.g. optometrist, eye surgeon, GP, hospital nurse or doctor) please telephone Susan Liver partner at Birchall Blackburn Law on 01772 552278 or by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.