It is a fact of life that as we get older, parts of us don’t work quite as well as they used to. There are few bodily functions though that affect our quality of life as much as our eyesight, and it is no surprise that those affected will spend thousands of pounds to turn back the clock. What we do not expect though, is for expensive treatment either to make no difference at all, or actually to make things worse.
Tragically this is exactly what is alleged to have happened in a leading private eye hospital in London. It has been widely reported that the owner of the London Eye Hospital had performed thousands of implant operations on patients with age related macular degeneration (AMD), and many of those treated have alleged that they were left with little or no benefit to their vision whatsoever. AMD is a condition that causes a progressive loss of central vision, making it difficult to drive, read and watch TV. Even more worryingly, patients allege that they were not warned that it might not work before parting with considerable amounts of money.
The owner of the hospital is now being investigated by the GMC following complaints by leading eye charity the Macular Society, and interim restrictions have been placed on the hospital while further investigations are undertaken.
Coole Bevis LLP has been instructed to advise a number of clients in relation to whether the risks of such surgery to treat AMD were properly communicated to them, and whether they were suitable candidates for the surgery in the first place. If you are affected by similar issues or have concerns about the treatment you have received from this hospital, please contact either Parisa Costigan or Tim Ransley on 01403 210200. Coole Bevis LLP offer a free initial consultation with clients.