NYC jury awards $15 million for failure to diagnose glaucoma
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says she went blind after doctors at a New York City hospital failed to diagnose her glaucoma has won $15 million in a malpractice lawsuit.
The Daily News reports that a jury in Brooklyn awarded the money to Amanda Velasquez on Thursday.
(BPT) - Did you know that according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF), nearly 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, and about half of them don’t even realize they have it? Glaucoma is often called the “silent thief of sight” because it is asymptomatic and painless, and can go undetected until it is at an advanced stage. However, those who are aware of their glaucoma may feel the pressure of managing their condition.
Editorials from around New England
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers.
(Worcester) Telegram and Gazette, June 23
While the latest disruption capturing public attention may be Amazon's entree into the grocery business, a major transformation is being debated within the Massachusetts Legislature over eye care - who can treat glaucoma as well as minor eye infections.
BOSTON (AP) — A legislative proposal would allow optometrists in Massachusetts to treat glaucoma and prescribe oral medications for eye infections.
The provision was attached as an outside section in a $40.3 billion state budget unveiled Tuesday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
While optometrists can diagnose glaucoma, Massachusetts is the only state that does not allow them to administer treatment for the condition or to write prescriptions for eye infections.
North Carolina ophthalmologists are fighting back against a proposal to allow optometrists to perform some types of eye surgery in the state.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates packed two rooms at the Capitol Wednesday to support a bill that would allow the substance in Nebraska, but the measure faces stiff opposition from many in state government.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln would allow people with conditions including cancer, glaucoma and epilepsy to use marijuana in liquid, pill or vapor form. It does not permit smoking or consuming edible marijuana.
Glaucoma, commonly referred to as the "sneak thief of sight," currently affects nearly three million people ages 40 and older, according to the Prevent Blindness report, "Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems."
By the year 2032, the number is projected to increase nearly 50 percent to 4.3 million and by more than 90 percent to 5.5 million by 2050, due significantly to the large aging population in the United States.
You can add glaucoma to the list of afflictions linked to Zika virus, according to a new study from researchers in Brazil and at the Yale School of Public Health.
Paralympic Pele: Brazil hails blind soccer star
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Born with glaucoma, Jeferson da Conceição Gonçalves, known as "Jefinho," was completely blind by age 7, three years before he learned to play soccer. He had seen images of Pelé but never watched videos of the legendary Brazilian soccer player in action.
Yet Jefinho, who could win a third consecutive Paralympic gold medal with Brazil's soccer 5-a-side team this week, has been dubbed the "Paralympic Pelé" for his success and playing style.
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