We have shared a case study previously touching on the effects of glaucoma.
Mr P suffered from glaucoma and the hospital failed to implement a further review following a consultation. This failure resulted in Mr P suffering significant impaired vision in the left eye.
This particular case settled for just under £39,000.
As today is ‘World Sight Day’, a day to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment we look at the impact late diagnosis of glaucoma can have. What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, becomes damaged. It can lead to loss of vision if not detected and treated early on. Glaucoma usually occurs when the fluid in the eye can no longer drain properly, increasing the pressure inside the eye, putting pressure on the optic nerve.
Figures for the UK and Ireland suggest some form of glaucoma affects about two in 100 people over the age of 40.
Symptoms Glaucoma is usually picked up during routine eye tests as it doesn’t usually have any symptoms to begin with. Developing slowly over many years, many people don’t realise they have the condition. An initial sign tends to be the loss of peripheral vision. In some instances, glaucoma can develop quickly with symptoms including: • Intense eye pain • Red eye • Headache • Tenderness around the eyes • Seeing rings around lights • Blurred Vision
With glaucoma, both eyes are usually affected, although it can be worse in one eye. Without treatment the effects can significantly impair vision and eventually lead to blindness.
Treatment If detected early enough, eye drops can be administered to lower the eye pressure. Laser treatment or surgery can also help to control the eye pressure and reduce sight loss. Opthalmic negligence cases arise from a number of reasons, including a failure to diagnose or a mis-diagnosis of glaucoma, which requires further intervention.
The treatment of glaucoma may also be negligent, or not be in a timely manner to adequately treat the condition; it is essential to treat glaucoma as quickly as possible to save as much sight as possible.
If you are concerned that there was a delay in your diagnosis or treatment, or that your treatment was negligent you could be entitled to compensation.
Our specialist lawyers have experience of dealing with ophthalmic cases and can be contacted on 01603 877000.