Customer claims discount eye care provider missed glaucoma diagnosis

Steve Gonzalez Dec. 5, 2005, 6:14am

America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses in Fairview Heights

Bessie Brunkhorst filed suit against America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses in Fairview Heights claiming it failed to diagnose angle closure glaucoma.

In a suit filed Dec. 1 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Brunkhorst claims she recorded elevated intraocular pressure during exams at America's Best in November 2000 and September 2002, but its staff did not inform her.

She claims that on March 31, 2004, Dr. Stephen Walton of the Green-Waltman Eye Institute in Belleville diagnosed her with angle closure glaucoma.

According to Brunkhorst, America's failed to recommend that she consult with an ophthalmologist for consideration of glaucoma.

On its website, America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses advertises a "Designer Madness Sale," offering two pairs of designer glasses and a free eye exam for $69.95.

"Hurry, sale ends soon," the advertisement states.

Brunkhorst claims she has lost substantial vision in one eye and vision in the other has been compromised. She also has incurred medical and prescription drug expenses.

She also claims that she has become disabled and has undergone continuous and ongoing pain and suffering and has had the quality of her life permanently and progressively impaired.

Represented by Robert William Bosslet, Brunkhorst is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs of the suit.

05 L 697 (20th Circuit)

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