Your sight is precious. Eye injuries and eye diseases can mean severe consequences for you, including preventing you from living your life the way you want to. While eye injuries are not always preventable, there are tests and procedures than can catch a problem early on, before the condition worsens. On the other hand, if an injury or condition is misdiagnosed or treated improperly, it may become more serious, possibly even resulting in the loss of sight altogether. If your eye condition has been worsened because of the negligence or incompetence of your doctor, you should not hesitate to contact a medical malpractice attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Following is a brief explanation of two of the most common eye conditions – glaucoma and cataracts – and how improper physician care can lead to complications. We also examine how anesthesia errors can effect eye surgery patients.
One serious eye disorder, glaucoma, is a condition of the eye where increased intraocular pressure damages the optic nerve. This condition affects over three million Americans.
There are warning signs for glaucoma that your doctor or ophthalmologist should note, including blurred vision, headaches, halos around lights, and high intraocular pressure. It is the responsibility of the treating physician or ophthalmologist to recognize these signs and take preventative actions. If this condition is not properly diagnosed, not treated in a timely manner, or not properly treated altogether (either with medication or surgery), the results can include partial blindness, complete blindness, and even the removal of the eye itself.
A cataract is a clouding (or gradual loss of transparency) of the eye’s lens, resulting in a loss of vision or blurry, unfocused vision. It is a very common condition, particularly among the elderly. Surgery to remove cataracts is the most frequently performed surgery in America and has a very high success rate. However, improperly performed cataract surgery can result in complications as serious as total loss of sight.
Anesthesia is often used during eye surgery, and may be administered by inserting a needle near the eye (called a retro-bulbar or peri-bulbar injection). It is the responsibility of the treating surgeon or anesthesiologist to inform the patient of the risks associated with anesthesia and to perform the procedure in a manner consistent with the acceptable standard of care. When the procedure is performed improperly, the needle can be misdirected or not inserted correctly, which can cause major bleeding, optic nerve damage, and loss of vision.
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