Blindness Caused by Detached Retina - Failure to Diagnose
An elderly woman was experiencing a loss of vision in one eye. The vision
was slowly declining on one side of the eye, becoming a black area in
her field of vision. The physician, not an opthamologist, examined her
eye and advised her it was nothing to worry about and that she should
consider making an appointment with an opthamologist in the future. The
patient lost vision in the eye shortly thereafter, permanent blindness
from retinal detachment. (Confidential Settlement).