Eye Injuries and Blindness Accidents

Eye Injuries and Blindness Accidents

The loss of eyesight because of an act of medical negligence is a frustrating experience. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they’re also our windows to the world. When our eyes are damaged, we lose access to an important part of our world and our lives can be forever changed.

When negligence by a doctor, nurse, hospital, or health care provider results in eye injuries or blindness, you may be able to make a medical malpractice claim. A medical malpractice claim may allow you to recover compensation for your economic losses, including your medical bills and lost income, and for your pain and suffering.

America Law Center can help determine if you might have a claim against the provider or providers whose negligence caused your injury or blindness.

LASIK and Eye Surgery Mistakes

LASIK and other forms of eye surgery require a good deal of expertise and extreme precision. The eye is a small, complex, and delicate structure, and even a minute slip of the laser could have disastrous consequences that affect your vision or even leave you blind.

Not every person is a good candidate for LASIK surgery, but some eye doctors will perform the procedure on patients who really shouldn’t get LASIK. According to the Food and Drug Administration, people who should not get LASIK may include:

  • Young people in their 20s, teens, or children
  • People with conditions such as diabetes that can have fluctuating vision
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • People taking medication that causes fluctuations in vision
  • People whose who have refractive instability, or in other words changing eyesight
  • People with medical conditions such as autoimmune disorders or diabetes that may prevent wounds from healing
  • People who play contact sports such as wrestling, boxing, or martial arts

The FDA also lists several risk factors that should be discussed with the surgeon before LASIK, including:

  • Blepharitis — a condition involving inflamed eyelids and crusted eyelashes that may raise the risk of post-operative infection
  • Large Pupils — People with large pupils may be more prone to debilitating vision problems such as glare, halos, starbursts, and double vision after getting LASIK
  • Thin Corneas — When LASIK is done on a person whose corneas are too thin, blindness may result
  • Dry Eyes — LASIK may aggravate dry eyes
  • Previous Surgery — If you’ve had LASIK in the past, additional surgery may result in complications

Performing LASIK on a patient who is not a good candidate for the procedure may be negligence and give rise to a medical malpractice claim when the patient suffers harm.

Other Forms of Malpractice

A number of medical conditions or treatments could lead to eye injuries or blindness when medical providers are negligent. Malpractice that results in blindness often involves treatment of eye conditions, but not always. For example, failure to diagnose or treat an underlying condition that causes a stroke, that in turn leads to blindness because of damage to the vision center of the brain, could be one form of malpractice.

  • Failure to Diagnose or Treat Eye Conditions — some eye conditions if left untreated can result in damage to the eyes and eventual blindness.
  • Surgical Errors — this could include operating on the wrong eye or making a mistake and damaging the eye or the optic nerve. Errors during brain surgery or plastic surgery on your face also could have consequences for your eyes and your vision.
  • Failure to Diagnose or Treat Medical Conditions — some medical conditions such as stroke, infections, herpes simplex, or diabetes can result in vision changes or blindness if left untreated.
  • Medication Errors — some medications may cause vision impairment or blindness at the wrong doses, in combination with other drugs, or when improperly prescribed.
Consequences of Malpractice

Blindness is the most serious and debilitating consequence of malpractice involving your eyes, and may result in you being permanently disabled and unable to work in your chosen profession. You may have to go through vocational rehabilitation, or you may be never be able to work again. There will be many normal daily tasks you can no longer perform after you lose your eyesight, such as driving. You may have to rely on family or other people to help you in ways you never did before. You may have to make expensive modifications to your home to accommodate your loss of sight, and you may have to acquire a trained service animal to help you navigate the world.

However, blindness isn’t the only possible consequence. When medical negligence affects your eyes, there is a wide range of possible long-term effects you may suffer other than blindness that can cause discomfort and disability. Those include:

  • Infection
  • Painful, stinging, or burning eyes
  • Uncomfortable dry eyes
  • Loss of depth perception
  • Night blindness
  • Seeing spots
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision

If you have experienced blindness or eye injuries due to a medical practitioner’s negligence, you may have a medical malpractice claim. contact America Law Center for a free consultation today.

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