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Pensioner, 69, who says she lost almost all her sight in her left eye after treatment blunders wins £375K payout from Specsavers and NHS

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 27/02/2019 17:21:10 Damon Wilkinson
a tall building in a city: The 69-year-old has been awarded £375,000 in an out-of-court settlement split between the NHS and Specsavers. Pictured is Stepping Hill hospital © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedThe 69-year-old has been awarded £375,000 in an out-of-court settlement split between the NHS and Specsavers. Pictured is Stepping Hill hospital

A pensioner who says she lost almost all her sight in her left eye after doctors failed to correctly diagnose what was wrong has been awarded a six figure pay-out.

The 69-year-old, from Stockport, has been awarded £375,000 in an out-of-court settlement split between the NHS and Specsavers.

It comes after independent experts said she may have had 80 per cent better vision if the correct treatment had been carried out in time.

The woman, who asked not to be named, says the loss of sight in her left eye led her to take the decision with her husband to close their long-running family business earlier than planned.

She said: "It has been really difficult to adapt to only really having effective vision in one eye and that has had a big impact on life.

a street with cars parked on the side of a building: The woman first went to Specsavers in Merseyway, Stockport © Google MapsThe woman first went to Specsavers in Merseyway, Stockport

"I now think something is to the side rather than in front of me, and that has caused me many bumps and falls as I can't judge distances or where things are.

"I am scared when I go out and I won't cross a road unless there is a pedestrian crossing to use.

"It impacts on your confidence."

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The woman first went to her opticians, Specsavers in Merseyway, Stockport, on New Year's Eve in 2013, complaining of blurred vision.

However the optician could find no cause. 

a close up of a street in front of a brick building: Stepping Hill Hospital © MENStepping Hill Hospital

She returned two weeks later as she was suffering from 'floaters' in her left eye but was told it was probably age-related and a non-urgent referral to see hospital specialists was made.

But a fortnight after that she says she lost the sight in her eye, which was also red and sore.

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She was then told to go straight to Stepping Hill Hospital, where she was incorrectly diagnosed with 'lazy eye'.

But when a scan was performed on her eye a year after making her initial complaint it was discovered she had macular oedema, a condition which can cause permanent loss of vision if left untreated.

"I know it was because of my age that they just dismissed it as being wear and tear, even though I have always had good eyesight and only needed glasses for short distances," the woman said.

Her case was due to be heard in front of a civil court judge next month, but the NHS and Specsavers offered an out-of-court settlement which was accepted by the woman.

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The Trust contributed £337,500 to the payout.

Solicitor Sarah Scully, of Hudgell Solicitors, which represented the woman, said: "We are delighted to have secured significant damages for her which reflects the major impact this has had on her life."

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust were approached for a comment.

A spokesperson for Specsavers said: "Specsavers is committed to the privacy and treatment of our customers.

"We are unable to comment on the individual case but we would like to wish the customer well with any on-going treatment she may be receiving."

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