Claimant attended her optician between ages of 3 and 8 when her mother expressed concerns about a squint in the Claimant’s left eye. Optician failed to perform a cover test and declared Claimant’s eyesight was normal on 4 subsequent appointments. When Claimant was 8 years old he conducted a cover test which identified significantly reduced visual acuity in the left eye. Referral to a specialist was made who diagnosed left amblyopia (wandering eye) and no binocular visual function. Claimant would have difficulties judging distances and there would be no improvement in her condition.
Claimant argued optician was negligent in his previous assessments of her visual function, in particular the failure to perform a cover test.
Out of court settlement: £20,000 (General Damages).