Eye injuries are one of the most common reasons why people attend A&E and a swift and accurate diagnosis is essential. An individual may suffer an eye injury for a number of reasons and we set out a number of these below.
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes in which the retina of the eye becomes progressively damaged. With prompt treatment the prognosis is good, but if untreated diabetic retinopathy can cause partial, and ultimately total, loss of vision.
In the early stages there are no symptoms, so all diabetics aged 12 and over should have their retinas checked once a year to identify any changes.
The type of treatment required will depend upon how advanced the condition has become and may involve more frequent monitoring, help to achieve better diabetic control, and laser treatment.
Traumatic Eye Injuries
If a penetrating wound is identified, an immediate referral to an ophthalmic expert should be made. Delayed treatment may result in infection, increased scarring and loss of vision.
Laser Eye Surgery
Laser eye surgery is becoming increasingly common. Where there is a poor outcome this may be due to surgical error, recognised complications of the surgery or the patient having been an unsuitable candidate. Complications can include blurry vision, double vision, damage to the cornea and the requirement for even stronger glasses following surgery.
Many patients, for example, undergo surgery believing that they will never have to wear glasses or contact lenses again, which is not guaranteed.
For information on a couple of the cases our team of solicitors have dealt with please click on the case reports below.
Case report: Loss of vision due to delay in diagnosing eye perforation
A Partner in our Clinical Negligence Department, negotiated an award of compensation of £95,000.00 on behalf of a young woman who was 9 years old when she attended A&E after sustaining an injury to her eye.
Following an examination her parents were told that the surface of the eye was scratched and were given ointment to apply. Three days later she returned to A&E where it was confirmed that they eye had been perforated. She had emergency surgery but due to the delay lost the vision in the ey
Case report: Negligent laser treatment resulting in permanently impaired vision
A partner in the clinical negligence department, recovered compensation of £35,000.00 for Mrs W who suffered permanent impairment of vision in her left eye following private laser eye surgery, leading to psychological problems.
The surgeon failed to tell Mrs W that she was not a good candidate for surgery. The first procedure was unsuccessful and the surgeon decided to treat for a second time without allowing the cornea to heal.
Mrs W was required to undergo several further operations and vision in her left eye is permanently blurred, causing difficulty with many day to day activities.
Our Clinical Negligence Department has experience in dealing with claims relating to injuries to the eye or eye conditions. If you or someone close to you has suffered an eye injury in this way, do not hesitate to contact Ison Harrison for free confidential advice on 0113 284 5745.« Go backContact us »