Sunday 17 June 2018

Woman was left 'functionally blind' after laser eye op, court told

Sarah Roche outside court after the first day of the hearing. Photo: Courtpix
Sarah Roche outside court after the first day of the hearing. Photo: Courtpix

Tim Healy

A young woman has been left "essentially functionally blind" after laser eye surgery which was unsuitable for her, it was claimed at the High Court.

Sarah Roche got wavefront LASIK surgery in 2007 and must now wear complicated contact lenses she can tolerate for a maximum eight hours daily, her counsel Oonagh McCrann SC said.

Ms Roche is a project officer now living in Australia. She claims, for reasons including she had a thin cornea, she was not suitable for the LASIK surgery performed on her by Frank Lavery on May 7, 2007.

In proceedings before Mr Justice Kevin Cross, she has sued Mr Lavery, a consultant ophthalmic surgeon, of Ailesbury Drive, Dublin 4, and DCM Laser Clinic Ltd, trading as Optical Express, with registered offices at Wellington Road, Dublin 4.

Both defendants have delivered full defences denying her claims, and the case is listed to last three weeks.

Irish Independent

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