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Posted on 28th March 2018

Woman Left Visually Impaired After Laser Surgery

A woman from Clitheroe claims she has lost her independence following laser eye surgery that burned her retina. Due to the treatment she received at Royal Blackburn Hospital, the woman has significantly reduced vision in one eye and is unable to see colours.

As a result of the medical blunder, the woman has lost her independence as she is scared of bumping into people or having an accident. The patient struggles with stairs and can no longer enjoy activities she used to love such as walking her dog or reading a book.

The woman had previously received three lots of laser eye treatment at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. It was then discovered that she had bleeding behind her right eye and was referred for treatment at Royal Blackburn Hospital. However, she grew concerned after her recovery was not the same as with previous treatments.

Following surgery at Royal Blackburn Hospital, the patient’s eyesight did not come back for days, and when it did, everything was blurry. During a follow-up six days later, there was no improvement.

Two months after surgery, it was discovered that a collection of blood vessels had formed which had caused permanent damage to the patient’s eyesight. To restore her vision, the woman endured rounds of injections into her eye which were described as ‘excruciatingly painful’. Despite this painful treatment, her vision remains the same.

Following court proceeding which left the woman with a five-figure settlement, the NHS apologised and reassured patients that most receive a ‘safe, personal and effective service’.

What Negligence Claimline say

Most eye surgery is safe, and many people have seen the benefits of effective laser eye surgery. Of course, your vision is incredibly valuable, and your eye treatment should always be of the highest standard. Unfortunately, eye surgery can fall short and result in medical negligence.

It is not unusual for people who have had laser eye surgery to experience their eye sight returning to pre surgical state and unfortunately this cannot be classed as negligent. For clinical negligence to be established in relation to laser eye surgery, the problems experienced must be abnormal. 

If you have received negligent eye care from a hospital or optician, then you could be entitled to make a compensation claim. Our panel of expert solicitors can help to assess your claim for free to see if you have a case to make a claim. Get in touch now for your free 24-hour claim assessment.