Failed cataract surgery causes almost two years of pain and discomfort
In November 2008, Ann who was suffering with vision problems in her left eye was referred to a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Gwynedd Hospital where she underwent cataract surgery.
After the surgery, Ann was left with poor vision and macular inflammations and was treated with antibiotics until April 2009 where Ann underwent YAG laser therapy on three occasions.
In May 2009, Ann was advised that she was now ready to have spectacles and was referred to her optician. Unfortunately due to a difference between the level of vision in the right and left eye, the optician was unable to assist. She was then referred to an alternative, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon for a second opinion.
In September 2009, Ann underwent a further surgery under local anaesthetic as a day case but she subsequently suffered floaters and was treated with antibiotics. Ann continued to suffer difficulty with her eye and a further cataract surgery was performed in November 2010.
Due to the continuing long sightedness in the right eye between the period of the first surgery in April 2008 and the final one in November 2010, meant that Ann had a intolerable amount of difference in vision between both her eyes. During this period she suffered from pain in the eyes, headaches, depression and lost the ability to do household chores. She also had considerable difficulty in going shopping and wasn’t able to cross roads on her own.
Following the cataract surgery in November 2010, and the subsequent obtaining of new spectacles post-operatively, Ann’s problems resolved save that words on the television, and some things in the distance, are not always completely clear.
Currently, she is slightly short sighted in each eye. With spectacles, she has good vision in each eye and, specifically, her vision is good enough for her to undertake all activities. Her eyes are stable and no change is expected in the foreseeable future.
Ann decided to contact Irwin Mitchell’s specialised clinical negligence team and one of our experienced solicitors, Sharon Williams, was able to deal with her claim. With Sharon’s help and a lengthy investigation the defendant admitted liability. Sharon was able to secure a settlement of £20,000 in compensation for Ann.