Having eye surgery is not always fun, but it is usually a necessary way to fix an eye problem and make your life better in the long run. However, eye surgery is not always successful. Human error can lead to surgical issues that could impact your eyesight, cause pain, etc. On this page, I will discuss some of the common surgical errors that occur when a person is getting eye surgery. If you feel that you are the victim of a surgical error, contact our office for further assistance.
Common Eye Surgery Errors
As you probably already know, ophthalmologists are eye doctors capable of performing surgery. Chances are, if you are having eye surgery, it is being performed by an ophthalmologist.
While surgical errors have certainly decreased in recent times because of universal protocols, human error could still be a problem in eye surgery. A few common eye surgery errors include:
- Operating on the wrong eye.
- Implementing the wrong IOL.
- Using anesthesia on the wrong eye.
- Mixing up patients and providing the wrong services for the patient.
There are also many side effects or errors associated with elective eye surgery, such as LASIK surgery. These include:
- Seeing things like a glare or starbursts in the patient’s vision.
- Issues seeing at night.
- Double vision.
- Corneal ectasia, which is essentially a failure of the cornea.
- LASIK flap dislocation. Surgery can weaken a person’s cornea, and for some people, it might never heal.
- Retinal detachment.
When it comes to LASIK surgery, a doctor may be guilty of medical malpractice if they recommend the surgery for someone who is not a suitable candidate. Guaranteeing results of the surgery could also result in negligence and medical malpractice. If an eye doctor is guilty of a medical error during the surgery because of inexperience, improper training, or another issue, they may also be guilty of negligence and subsequent malpractice.
Before you elect for surgery, make sure that you communicate clearly and effectively with the doctor. Make sure that they understand your problem and that the surgery can help. In addition, reiterate to the surgeon which eye needs to be operated on before the surgery.
Another thing that could help if surgery has been recommended to you is to get a second opinion. Some doctors recommend surgery and make it seem like the only option. However, in many cases, there are other treatments available that might be safer and might help you. Make sure to consider all of your options before proceeding with eye surgery.
Are you the victim of a surgical error because of an issue with your eye surgery? Our office can help! Contact us for a free consultation. We can sit down and discuss the situation that you went through. Ultimately, we can help you decide if you have a case. If you do have a case, we can help you determine how best to proceed. You may be entitled to compensation. If this is the case, we can help you recover it. Contact us for more information!