The VA Palo Alto Health Care System is at the center of a battle between optometrists and ophthalmologists over the treatment of glaucoma.
The controversy between the optometrists and ophthalmologists results from a disagreement amongst eye care medical professionals regarding credentialing needed to treat glaucoma patients. Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that can lead to blindness if not diagnosed and managed properly. While the State of California may soon require certification for all optometrists treating glaucoma, a medical license is not yet mandatory.
According to an AP news report, veterans who were treated for the eye disease received substandard care at the hospital’s optometry clinic and at least three have filed lawsuits. One has settled with the VA for $87,000 as a result of the negligent care he received.
An investigation of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System revealed that at least eight veterans had vision loss attributed to the negligent treatment of their glaucoma.
If you are a veteran and have questions regarding a VA disability claim, contact the law offices of Veterans Help Group – a disability rights law firm.