Lee woman gets £500,000 pay-out after eye surgery goes wrong

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

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

And a spokesman tonight said the company, which describes itself as the UK’s largest provider of laser eye surgery, would support the surgeon who operated on Stephanie Holloway and was considering an appeal.

“We are extremely disappointed by the verdict,” said the spokesman.

“(We) will be exploring the options for further legal action relating to the case.”

He said all surgical procedures carried a risk but added: “Optical Express only uses the very latest technology, employs the most experienced surgeons and continually reviews procedures to reduce the chance of a complication. Our excellent clinical outcomes clearly demonstrate that our patients are in good hands.”

Miss Holloway, who is in her late 20s, had claimed compensation for pain suffering and loss of earnings.

She said she had not been told of the risks of surgery - which she hoped would improve her eyesight. And she said she could no longer work as a book trader as a result of the damage she suffered.

Optical Express disputed her claim and said she had been warned about risks.

But a judge ruled in Miss Holloway’s favour.