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This article was published on March 26th, 2020
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but what happens if you suffer an eye injury due to ophthalmic negligence?
Ophthalmol negligence can not only lead to a painful eye injury, but it can also cause both immediate trauma and lifelong distress and irrevocable damage.
In this blog post, we look at some of the causes of ophthalmic negligence as well as some of the consequences of suffering an eye injury as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Before we reveal some of the causes and consequences of suffering an eye injury due to ophthalmic negligence, it’s important to understand what it means.
Ophthalmology is an area of medicine that is specifically to do with the health of the eye.
An ophthalmologist is a doctor who specialises in medical procedures relating to the eye. They are also usually responsible for carrying out any surgical
Ophthalmic negligence is where a medical procedure is carried out and is not done so to the correct standard. As a result, the patient may suffer an injury.
The eye is one of the most complex organs in the human body and as such numerous medical procedures have been designed to treat specific eye injuries or conditions.
This type of surgery is performed on eyes that feature congenital defects that can result in eye tumours. This type of surgery may also be required if the eye cannot be saved following a trauma to the eye or socket.
A cataract occurs when cloudy patches develop within the clear lens of the eye, this can impair vision and cataracts are more commonly found in people over 60 years old.
The defected lens is removed and an artificial lens is used to restore clear vision within the affected eye or eyes.
This type of surgery involves reshaping the cornea within the eye and it is a procedure that can be completed quickly, sometimes within just a few minutes.
The three procedures we have outlined above are just a few of the treatments that medical staff carry out on the human eye, there are many more that we have not mentioned, ranging from minor treatments to major surgery.
As with any part of the body, there are a wide variety of treatments and surgical procedures that may or may not be suitable to treat an eye.
Whilst the majority of ophthalmology medical professionals are high-skilled and will carry out procedures without any problems, unfortunately, mistakes these treatments and procedures can sometimes go wrong.
If the treatment or procedure went wrong and caused an eye injury and it could have been avoided but for the negligence the person or people carrying out the treatment then you may be eligible to claim compensation.
Our team are here to assist you if you’ve been a victim of clinical negligence during optical surgery.
Pursuing an ophthalmic negligence claim is a highly specialised field and it’s essential you instruct a solicitor that has a wealth of experience in this specific area.
At Thorneycroft Solicitors we have a dedicated team who specialise in this field alone and they are able to advise you throughout the claims process.
We offer a free initial consultation where our clinical negligence solicitors will sit with you to assess your claim as well as gaining an understanding of the circumstances surrounding your claim.
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