20.03.2009

Woman "thrilled" as private insurer pays for blindness treatment

Woman "thrilled" as private insurer pays for blindness treatment

By Martin Burns

A woman who battled with her private insurer to pay for treatment to cure her sight-threatening condition has described herself as "thrilled and delighted" that it has agreed to fund her.

Mary Latimer, 71, of Chorleywood, suffers from age-related macular degeneration, reports the Watford Observer.

Her sight was worsening even after treatment at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

She went on to take Avastin at a Harley Street clinic but her insurer, AXA PPP, initially refused to pay after the first four injections as the drug is not licensed and because it said her ailment was not acute, but chronic.

AXA PPP said that it had not believed her claim was valid but had agreed to pay the £13,000 as the Ombudsman had required.

Recently, Dr Todd Wilbee wrote in Canadian publication the Windsor Star about sight correction options for older people"s eyes.

Monovision contact lenses, when a person wears a distance lens in one eye and a reading lens in the other, are one possibility.

by Adrian Galbreth


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