Eye Conditions & Negligence

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18 November, 2022

John Bennett

It's important we all have regular eye tests and checkups. Changes in vision, floaters, blurred vision or loss of vision in part of the eye needs to be checked out urgently.

GPs need to refer patients with symptoms to an ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist will carry out tests and should refer the patient to hospital within one day if there are any significant concerns or abnormal findings. The hospital should then carry out appropriate scans and tests along with treatment, if it is required. Ongoing monitoring may be required.

There are a number of conditions, that if left untreated, can result in a loss of vision.


This is a gradual condition caused by increasing pressure within the eye which damages the optic nerve and is usually permanent if left untreated. It is often asymptomatic (No symptoms).


These cause cloudy vision and can be treated by replacing the lens in the eye. This is generally a safe procedure, but things can occasionally go wrong. Advising a patient about the risks is important. Only one eye should be done at a time.

Corneal ulcers

These should be treated with extensive antibiotics to avoid irreversible damage. Contact lens wearers are at higher risk of developing ulcers.

Any delay in checkups, failing to follow up, give safety net advice on what to do if symptoms fail to improve or get worse. Failing to recognize the signs of a detached retina can have a devastating effect on an individual's sight.

Laser surgery

This is often used to improve vision. It is regarded as a safe procedure. It involves cutting a flap off the top of the cornea. Applying a laser to remove a thin layer form the lens and replacing the flap. Only one eye should be treated at a time. If something goes wrong at least one eye should remain undamaged. Patients involved in activities involving physical contact, for example rugby players run the risk of the flap becoming dislodged and should be advised accordingly.

If you, a loved one, or a friend have suffered an injury as a result of a delay in treating or identifying an eye condition and would like some advice, please contact one of the team for some no win, no fee, no obligation advice.

We accept cases on a no win no fee basis, backed by an After the Event Insurance policy, when required.

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For more information contact John Bennett in our Clinical Negligence department via email or phone on 01254 872111. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.

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