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We have acted in a number of cases arising from the missed or delayed diagnosis of eye disease and the failure to treat these conditions properly.

If patients are not provided with appropriate care, there can be a risk of damage to sight and, in the worst cases, blindness.

In recent years there have been a number of advances in the treatment of different diseases affecting the eye, including injections for macular degeneration and sophisticated laser eye surgery techniques. Any surgery carries with it certain risks that should be explained to patients before they agree to proceed but in some cases damage may give rise to a legitimate claim.

Penningtons Manches' experienced team can advise in relation to a wide range of claims:

  • failure to identify/remove foreign body
  • delay in diagnosis of macular degeneration
  • failure to diagnose tumours affecting optic nerve
  • inappropriate treatment
  • failure to manage risk of glaucoma in diabetics

Recent work highlights

Undiagnosed diabetic retinopathy

Representing a client with diabetes who had been attending his GP with early evidence of diabetic retinopathy which went undiagnosed. He suffered permanent loss of vision in his left eye.


Delayed diagnosis of meningioma

Achieving a settlement of £130,000 for a woman who suffered unilateral deterioration of her vision. She reported this to her optometrist but he delayed referring her for further investigation of the cause of the deterioration.


Age-related macular degeneration

Acting for a patient whose consultant ophthalmologist failed to recognise signs of wet age-related macular degeneration and to advise him on possible treatment options.

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