The role of the expert witness

The role of the expert witness

Posted on 03rd April 2017

The vast majority of the time, our optometrist are seeing patients in our Edinburgh practice, managing their care on a day-to-day basis. However as an aside, you may not be aware that Ian Cameron is often called upon as an expert witness in a wide variety of legal cases, by lawyers across the UK seeking an independent opinion.

The types of cases vary widely, however more often than not they focus on something that was unfortunately missed by an optician in a routine eye exam. Something that, because it was missed, has had a detrimental impact on the life of a patient. Common missed diagnoses include retinal disease, anterior eye disease, glaucoma, cataract and macular degeneration. With many of these conditions, if they are missed at an early stage when treatment could have managed the impact of the condition, sight loss becomes a real possibility.

One of the reasons we mention Ian’s role as an expert witness in this blog, is reassurance. We want to reassure our patients that with the combination of market-leading technology and world-class expertise, you can have confidence that these kind of conditions will not be missed at their early stages. In fact, they are often picked up before the patient notices any changes in their vision. That’s why we offer the most comprehensive eye examination available, to give you complete peace of mind. It is also why we invest in training on an ongoing basis – we’re always studying for some new qualification or gaining experience in new environments.

We are a vastly experienced team, arguably the most experienced team of optometrists in Scotland, and deal with complex eye conditions on a daily basis providing very specialist treatments. We regularly receive referrals from the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion which means we are exposed to eye conditions that many opticians and optometrists would never see in their careers. This is why we are often the go-to optometrist for second opinions.

To contact Ian for further information, please email mail@cameronoptom.com.

 


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