Functional blindness: Insurance fraud in a case report

  • PW Atipo-Tsiba


The insurance fraud is a known phenomenon and old in rich countries. The problem is relatively new in black Africa. Thanks to the installation of private companies and the emergence of social security fund, this phenomenon tends to grow without having precise figures. These frauds often involve the  simulation of imaginary symptoms that primarily affect the five senses. The eye has a special place, its anatomical position easily exposed to work accident. Using simple clinical tests, the ophthalmologist must demonstrate that the patient with suspicion of visual loss is capable of normal vision and has no organic underlying deficit. This work aimed to report a case of  insurance fraud by simulating a unilateral blindness following a work accident.

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