In many individuals, after the age of 50, Cataracts develop which causes clouding of the lens inside the eye resulting in vision loss or blurred vision. This can be removed with the help of modern cataract surgery which is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures causing relief from cataracts. In this surgery, the cloudy lens inside the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens called the intraocular lens, or IOL to restore clear vision.
An ophthalmology expert witness practice in cases related to general ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, paediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics, and ophthalmic pathology.
Cataract Surgery Complications
Cataract Surgery is undergone by millions of people every year and the complications are relatively rare. However,potential cataract surgery complications are as follows:
- Posterior Capsule Opacity (PCO): In cataract surgery, the surgeon removes the cloudy natural lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens. During this procedure, many parts of the thin clear membrane that surrounds the natural lens are intentionally left intact. In many cases, this part left intact becomes hazy and this can occur during cataract surgery recovery or even months later.
- Dislocated Intraocular Lens (IOL): Another potential cataract surgery problem resulting due to mal surgery is a dislocated intraocular lens which can cause vision problems, including double vision. The surgeon has to reposition it surgically. In many cases, the implant has to remove and replaced with a different IOL.
- Other Cataract Surgery Complications: Other potential cataract surgery problems due to faulty operation results from inflammation to devastating vision loss. This may occur as a result of infection or bleeding inside the eye. During the procedure of operation, due to negligence of the surgeon, many complications can occur such as a detached retina after the surgery, swelling of the cornea or retina, increased pressure in the eye, droopy eyelid (ptosis), sensitivity to sunlight, refractive error and failure to improve vision after the surgery.
Need for an Ophthalmology Expert Witness
In the case of post-surgical complications after cataract surgery, the patient can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon. In case of such a lawsuit, medico-legal advice is needed where the Ophthalmology expert witness is called upon to get expert guidance on the case. The attorney may call upon such witness in case there is a requirement of medical testimony and reviews after a surgical complication. These expert witnesses provide case reviews and independent medical examinations. To provide testimony at trails, they also help in depositions and arbitrations. They guide on simple as well as complicated post-surgical ophthalmology complications. The attorneys seek their guidance to build a strong case. They are eye surgeons who have specialized to provide expert witness, besides academic qualifications. They are residency-trained, board certified, and maybe members of prestigious ophthalmology associations. They offer advice, case reviews and testimony that stands necessary in a case of medical malpractice.
Thus, an expert ophthalmology witness with their knowledge and guidance helps to provide relief to the patient in case of a faulty cataract operation on the part of the eye surgeon.