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Hull cataract patient brings legal action over vision loss

A man claims he lost his sight in one eye after routine cataract surgery left him in "unbelievable" pain.

John Stabler, from East Yorkshire, is set to sue the maker of an artificial lens he had fitted last year and which was later recalled over safety fears.

The 63-year-old said he felt like he had been hit "with a sledgehammer" after the operation and had suffered "catastrophic" loss of income.

Manufacturer Nidek said it "profoundly regrets" any patient suffering.

Mr Stabler is one of 14 patients seeking compensation over the company's EyeCee One Preloaded lens.

He said he had suffered permanent nerve damage to his left eye after having the lens fitted at Hull and East Yorkshire Eye Hospital in October last year.

He told the BBC: "About two days after, I was getting really bad pain. It was unbelievable. It was like someone was hitting me with a sledgehammer."

NHS England issued a safety alert in January 2023 after Nidek announced a "voluntary and precautionary" global product recall of its EyeCee One and EyeCee One Crystal intraocular lenses.

UK distributor Bausch + Lomb said there has been "a limited number of reports of elevated intraocular pressure in patients".

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Source: BBC News, 19 September 2023


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