Woman goes blind in one eye from cosmetic filler injected in face
Australian doctors have treated their first patient who has gone permanently blind from having dermal filler injected into her face.
A Four Corners investigation revealed that in April, the woman was taken to the ophthalmology department at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital, where despite the best efforts of doctors, her sight in one eye could not be restored.
She was given the filler by a nurse at a clinic where there was no doctor physically present.
Prince of Wales Hospital ophthalmologist, Dr John Downie, who treated the patient, agreed it was “alarming” that a patient could go blind from what is marketed as a simple cosmetic procedure.
“The problem I get is that people perceive a cosmetic procedure to have limited or no risk, and that’s not the case,” Dr Downie said.
While fillers and anti-wrinkle injections such as Botox are often done by nurses in shopping malls with only a brief Skype consultation with a doctor, they involve injection into the face of a Schedule 4 drug classified under the Poisons Standard.
Dr Downie said blindness can occur when an artery is blocked by the dermal filler.
“The filler or other substance is inadvertently injected into one of the blood vessels in the skin around, or under the skin around the eye,” he said.
“That material goes back along that artery to one of the bigger arteries around the eye, and then it can flow and block off the blood vessels going to the eye, or inside the eye.
“It’s completely devastating. It’s like a part of you dying.”
Internationally, there have been 98 documented cases of blindness caused by fillers.
Source: ABC News
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