OE wins apology from the Daily Mail
National newspaper accepts eye surgery blindness fear article was "completely untrue"
The Daily Mail article, published on 5 January, was headlined ‘Blindness fears over eye surgery at High Street clinic’ and suggested that the multiple risked putting its patients at risk of blindness due to its procedures and choice of lens implants.
In its apology, the Daily Mail said: “We accept that this is completely untrue and Optical Express has confirmed that none of its more than 600,000 patients has ever gone blind following any treatment at its clinics.”
The apology continued: “Our article also stated that more than 50 patients have joined a class action law suit against the lens manufacturer Oculentis and Optical Express over safety fears about the lens. In fact, no proceedings have been commenced. We apologise for these incorrect statements.”
Optical Express chairman and CEO, David Moulsdale, told OT: “It is good for our industry that the Daily Mail has recognised that it got its story wrong and has taken this action, but it is, unfortunately, not the end of the matter. The article is still available online and, even after some amendments have been made it is still, in our opinion, inaccurate and misleading to the public.”
Mr Moulsdale added: “I don’t think that there can be any more damaging accusation leveled against the market leader for corrective eye surgery than the one that the Daily Mail made in its article.