One type of eye issue that you might be diagnosed with is age-related macular degeneration. In many cases, you will not need surgery to treat macular degeneration. However, there are situations where surgery might be the best option for you. If you experience any issues in your procedure of treatment, you can learn more about how to get help for Connecticut macular degenerative surgery malpractice on this page.
What is Macular Degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a chronic eye condition that causes vision loss. When the macula, which is part of the retina, deteriorates, it can impact a person’s ability to see. There are two main types of AMD – dry and wet. Dry AMD is the more common option, making up about 90% of AMD cases. In this situation, cell debris referred to as drusen gets in between the retina layers. When this debris accumulates, it can cause the macular layers to split apart and become dry. This can lead to vision loss. Wet AMD is less common but still possible. Wet AMD happens in the event that abnormal blood vessels grow in back of the retina. If they leak, fluids can get into the retina and create vision problems.
In many cases, wet AMD is treated by having drugs injected into the eye in order to stop leaking or abnormal blood vessel growth. Dry AMD is usually treated by prescribing vitamins and minerals to assist in eye function.
Dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration surgery are also viable options in some cases. Dry macular degeneration surgery usually involves removal of the eye’s lens and implanting a new device to assist in vision. Wet macular degeneration is a laser procedure.
Risks Associated With Surgery
These treatment options are not without risks. Keep in mind that you might face issues such as:
- Eye bleeding.
- Worsening of vision, and in some cases, blindness.
- Laser damage to the retina, which could also impact vision abilities.
- Blind spots.
- If the surgery does not work or abnormal blood vessels return, you might need to get surgery again.
In some cases, these issues or others may be unavoidable side effects of surgery or treatment. However, in some cases, a mistake may occur which could have been avoided. If you suffered a medical error or if medical equipment was defective and it caused your injury, you may have a medical malpractice case on your hands. You may also have a case if your doctor misdiagnosed you or failed to diagnose macular degeneration. If a diagnosis issue caused your symptoms to worsen, you may be able to sue for compensation.
Get Legal Help for Macular Degeneration Surgery Malpractice in CT
If you think that you have a case for medical malpractice because of macular degeneration complications, my office is happy to help. Contact me today and we can set up a free consultation. During this consultation, we can review your diagnosis, treatment, and the specifics of your situation. I can help you determine if you have a case and the best way to move forward so that you can get the compensation that you deserve. For more information about Connecticut macular degeneration surgery malpractice, contact me today!