Corrective eye surgery is now a very common elective procedure. Many people benefit from being able to see clearly without the need for corrective lenses or eyeglasses. For those with a history of poor vision, a successful eye surgery has been touted a miracle. However, what about surgeries that do not go as planned? Victims of a botched eye surgery may suffer long-lasting and devastating consequences.
It is true that no surgery is without risk, no matter how minor it seems. Doctor's cannot guarantee results and must explain all the possible known risks prior to surgery. It is true that there are situations were unforeseen complications cannot be avoided. However, there are also situations where surgical errors, negligence and improperly performed procedures can cause permanent damage to a patient's vision, even blindness.
Common complications and eye surgery errors
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some signs of possible complications and long-term consequences associated with eye surgery may include:
- Infection or inflammation
- Painful, stinging, burning or dry eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Damage to the corneal flap
- Vision loss or blindness
Additional injuries can occur if the procedure is not executed correctly by the surgeon due to negligence. Some examples poor execution may include:
- Improper screening (pre-surgery)
- Damaged or faulty medical equipment
- Improper surgical technique
- Insufficient patient care (post-surgery)
Injury may also occur if a surgeon performs corrective eye surgery on a patient who is not a good candidate, which may also indicate improper screening procedures. This would include people with dry eyes, thin corneas, large pupils, autoimmune or immunodeficiency diseases, or are breastfeeding or pregnant (Mayo Clinic).
An attorney can help
Injuries resulting from a negligent surgeon can affect many aspects of a person's life. Depending on the extent of vision loss, the victim may no longer be able to work in his or her previous profession or drive a motor vehicle and may need training to relearn how to perform normal day-to-day tasks.
Attorney Alan D. Bell has been helping clients who have been injured by negligent medical procedures for over 30 years. If you have suffered from an error during a corrective eye surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Compensation may include medical bills, treatment costs, lost wages and pain and suffering. Contact Attorney Bell at 973-233-4291 to start investigating what occurred, evaluation your claim and help you determine your next steps.