Optometrist Not Liable for Patient's Glaucoma
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an optometrist in a medical malpractice case. The plaintiff alleged that she was neither informed of the elevated pressures in her eyes nor referred for a glaucoma evaluation by our client. She was later diagnosed with glaucoma and sought damages for permanent eye injuries, asserting that our client deviated from the professional standard of care. The court granted summary judgment on the basis that the plaintiff was unable to meet her burden of proof on causation as there was no evidence that the optometrist, who did in fact recommend a referral to a glaucoma specialist, caused or contributed to the diagnosis or progression of the plaintiff’s glaucoma.