An optometrist in New Zealand misdiagnosed a six-year-old boy with a brain tumour, instead prescribing glasses. The unnamed boy was left blind in one eye.
It is understood the unnamed optometrist no longer works as an optometrist.
The Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner in New Zealand, Ms Meenai Dugga,l found numerous breaches by the optometrist of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights, releading her findings on 12 February.
Ms Meenai also found the unnamed optometry practice liable for the optometrist’s inadequate care.
The optometrist first saw the boy in 2014 and did not perform appropriate