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ONE of the UK’s best-known opticians says it is considering an appeal after a woman who complained her eye surgery had gone wrong and sued was awarded £500,000 in damages by a judge.

Stephanie Holloway, from Lee-on-the-Solent, had claimed compensation from Optical Express for pain, suffering and loss of earnings.

Optical Express said it was disappointed by the ruling –made following a county court hearing in London.

A spokesman said the company would support the surgeon who operated on Miss Holloway and was considering an appeal.

‘We are extremely disappointed by the verdict,’ he said.

‘We will be exploring the options for further legal action relating to the case.’

‘Optical Express only uses the very latest technology, employs the most experienced surgeons and continually reviews procedures to reduce the chance of a complication.’

Miss Holloway said she had not been told of the risks of surgery, which she hoped would improve her eyesight.

Optical Express disputed her claim and said she had been warned about risks. But a judge ruled in Miss Holloway’s favour.