As medical professionals, optometrists are bound by codes of conduct that dictate acceptable standards of care and competence. As such, any failure to meet these standards that results in injury or harm to a patient may lead to a case for negligence against the optometrist.

Care that falls below the standards that can be reasonably expected of any medical professional may become the subject of legal proceedings. Such cases need to establish that a competent professional could reasonably be expected to have performed the procedure in question without the negative outcome.


An optometrist is a highly qualified medical professional, who is expected to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of all the potential dangers to the eye that are reasonably capable of being diagnosed.

Optometrists carry out regular eye examinations for their patients, assessing the health of the eyes, providing clinical advice, and checking for any problems with vision, disease, injury or abnormality. This includes recognising the symptoms of serious conditions and making appropriate diagnoses so that the patient can be treated as soon as possible.

HOW to Proceed with your case

In order to investigate a case for negligence against your optometrist, or any other medical professional, you will need to ensure that you have all the relevant documentation to prove your case. You will need:

  •  All relevant medical notes and records from your optometrist
    •    Records of all appointments and meetings with the professional in question, including times and details of what took place
    •    Identification documents.

If you feel that you may be entitled to bring a case as a result of an injury sustained due to the negligence of a medical professional, it is important to consult with a solicitor experienced in this area of law.

At S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors, we have 35 year’s experience in dealing with claims of this type and are sensitive to the burden that such litigation places on the claimant. This is why we take the time to understand the impact such injuries have on our clients everyday life and wellbeing.

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