Losing vision is one of the biggest fears for many people. Suffering from the loss of eyesight can transform your life, and if the reasons for your loss of vision could have been avoided, then the impact can be even worse from a psychological perspective. In cases where someone loses their sight due to medical negligence, the sudden reduction in quality of life, as well as the costs of lifestyle changes, may be financially compensated for. Eye surgery is always going to be a frightening experience, but if medical negligence leads to blindness, then you should always contact a legal professional trained in medical cases. Doing so can make your compensation claim much easier to tackle and ensure that you get the necessary compensation that you need. Here are the most common eye surgery claims and the reasons for them.
The Surgery Types
There are three main types of eye surgery that are routinely undertaken. These are:
- Laser Eye Surgery
- Cataract Surgery
- Retina Surgery
Each of these is carried out numerous times every day without complication. However, they do each have risks that can ultimately lead to you making a claim for compensation.
Laser Eye Surgery Complications
This is one of the most popular medical eye treatments available, and are often successful when it comes to improving the lives of those affected by poor vision. However, in cases of negligence, there may be complications that can result in you needing to make a laser eye surgery claim. These can include:
- Detachment of the retina
- Dry/itchy eyes
- Problems with night vision
- Immediate sight issues such as clouded vision
You should expect a high level of professional care when you are going for eye surgery. If you do not feel that the procedure was adequately explained to you, or that you did not receive the right advice about potential outcomes, then you may be able to make a claim. If the surgery itself was poorly performed, then your chances of successful eye surgery claims will be higher.
Cataracts can be frustrating to live with. The clouded lens restricts vision and is usually a problem for older patients. They are commonly noticed during routine check-ups or eye tests and are a common procedure that usually occurs without issue. Unfortunately, all forms of surgery carry some risk, and when it comes to cataract surgery, this can include:
- Additional damage
- Lack of aftercare
- Retinal detachment
- Lens displacement
If you think that you may have experienced any of these issues, then contact a solicitor as soon as possible.
Having a detached retina is a severe issue and if left untreated, it can lead to blindness. Surgery is often the only way to treat this issue, but there have been times where those surgeries have gone wrong. In those cases, they usually result from either wrong diagnosis or late diagnosis. It includes those instances where there is a delay in referring a patient to a specialist. That’s why it’s essential that you know the symptoms of a detached retina, such as:
- Black dots floating in your line of sight
- Flashes of lights
- Vision loss (either central or peripheral)
- Blurring of your sight
As with the majority of eye problems, they can be treated easily if they are diagnosed in time, and the vast majority of cases will result in restored vision.
When things go wrong with healthcare, the consequences can affect the rest of your life. If you think that you have suffered at the hands of a mistake or incompetence and it is causing a reduction in your quality of life, then seek legal advice as quickly as possible. Eye injury claims are not uncommon, and the faster that you start proceedings, the quicker you will reach a resolution.