Optometrist who told patient with undiagnosed glaucoma that "everyone has blind spots" sanctioned

Practitioner who falsified a patient record is issued with a year-long suspension order

The General Optical Council (GOC) has sanctioned a Manchester optometrist who falsified a patient record, failed to carry out an appropriate examination and neglected to record several findings in clinical notes.

A GOC fitness to practise committee highlighted that Nasir Butt’s dishonest actions were particularly serious.

“To falsify a clinical record is a matter of the utmost gravity. The Committee has concluded that the registrant’s fitness to practise is currently impaired on public interest grounds as well as on grounds of public protection,” the decision stated.

The fitness to practise committee decision described several omissions by Mr Butt during a sight test carried out in September 2015 at Visionplus in Widnes.

Mr Butt did not give proper attention to his patient’s family history of glaucoma or visual field results from August 2014 that indicated a visual field defect.

He failed to carry out a visual field investigation, although this was clinically indicated, and did not refer the patient to the hospital eye service for further examination.

After his patient told him he was experiencing blind spots, Mr Butt responded that “everybody has blind spots.”

The decision also noted that between April and September 2016, Mr Butt changed the patient record to show that a visual fields test had taken place, although it had not, after the GOC requested complete disclosure regarding the case.

Mr Butt has until 12 September to appeal his 12-month suspension, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate suspension order.