Cataracts are a clouding of the lens section of a person’s eye, which negatively impacts a person’s vision. While they can occur at any age, cataracts tend to occur in the eyes of elderly individuals. Also, cataracts can occur in either or both of a person’s eyes.
As a result of cataracts, many people choose to have surgery to improve the condition. While this procedure often proceeds effectively, there are some occasions where patients can be injured.
Many people who have been impacted by cataract surgery find it particularly helpful to obtain the assistance of a skilled medical malpractice attorney who can make sure that adequate compensation is obtained.
Risks Associated with Cataract Surgery
In a large number of cases, cataract surgery is performed without complications. Sometimes, however, injuries can be caused by cataract surgery which include the following types of damages:
- Dislocation of the implanted artificial lens
- Drooping of the eyelid
- Excess bleeding
- High or low eye pressure
- Retinal detachment
- Secondary cataracts
- Vision loss
Medical Malpractice Caused by a Cataract Surgery
Medical malpractice in a cataract surgery occurs when an opthamologist failed to provide medical care that satisfies the accepted standard of medical care for the procedure. This accepted standard of care involves what a reasonably skilled opthamologist would have been able to provide.
Malpractice can occur before or after a cataract surgery. Malpractice occurs when a physician does not obtain informed consent from a patient or offers a patient promises that could not possibly be met.
Some of the ways that malpractice can impact a patient after a surgery include failing to provide adequate information about how a patient can care for themselves.
There are also many other ways in which medical malpractice can occur, but a seasoned medical malpractice attorney can review various information about the surgery to determine exactly how a patient was harmed.
How the Human Eye Works
The retina of a person’s eye receives light. Cataracts, however, can blur or dim the clearness of objects that a person sees. Cataracts are comprised of proteins which accumulate together and cloud the lens of a person’s eye.
The lens is primarily composed of protein and water, but cataracts can cause significant disruptions in how the lens works. During cataract surgery, a surgeon removes the lens of a patient’s eye and replaces it with an artificial lens.
Most people find this procedure particularly helpful at responding to cataracts. Statistics even reveal that cataract surgery is one of the most common medical procedures in the United States.
Common Signs of Cataracts
The exact symptoms that are associated with cataracts change between individuals. People with cataracts most often experience cloudy vision.
As cataracts increase in size, the blurriness of a person’s vision tends to increase. One of the other common signs of cataracts is a len which transitions from a clear to yellow-brown color.
Some people who experience this color change in their eyes are unable to distinguish blues and purples from other colors. Other signs of cataracts include cloudy vision, double vision, poor night vision, and seeing multiple images in one eye.
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