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As a medical malpractice law firm, we can tell you that there are approximately three to five million people getting cataract surgery every year. Cataracts usually start in the late fifties and progress until death. If untreated, it will cause blindness.

The early signs and symptoms of cataracts are as follows:

  • Dimming of vision
  • Hazing and shadows
  • Blurring of vision

These will get progressively worse with time.

The FS Laser can also treat Astigmatism during the Cataract surgery

Astigmatism causes blurry vision. Normally, eyes are round (like a baseball). With astigmatism, the eye is long (like a football).

Glasses can treat this, or eye surgeons can treat astigmatism during cataract surgery by making a cut in the cornea to change its shape. This cut is called a relaxing incision.

You have to pay extra for a relaxing incision. Medicare and private insurance do not pay for this.

There may be more risk if the FS Laser is used after Refractive Surgery

Refractive surgery is a procedure that makes you see better (improves your refraction) by changing the shape of the cornea, the clear front of the eye. The FS laser uses suction.

If you have had a type of refractive surgery called LASIK, the suction could open up or move the flap. If you have had other refractive surgeries called AK or RK, the suction could open up the old wound. If the flap or the wound is opened up or moved, this can cause leaking, astigmatism or scarring.

The use of the FS Laser on patients who have had Refractive Surgery is considered "off-label"

This means that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the laser for cataract surgery on the eyes of patients who have not had refractive surgery.

When eye surgeons use the laser during cataract surgery on patients who have had refractive eye surgery, its use is considered “off-label.” Your usual outcome after surgery may not be as good if these problems happen.

Malpractice and negligence as a result of Cataract Surgery

  • The power of the intraocular lens (artificial lens or IOL) is improperly prescribed will cause blurred vision and halos.
  • IOL is improperly positioned causing hazing, shadows, photophobia, and blurry vision.
  • Lens fragments escaping through a tear through the back surface of the capsule and entering the vitreous (viscous fluid filling the rear chamber of the eye). If these fragments are not removed as soon as possible, they can cause retinal detachment, serious infection, and hemorrhage. The patient will experience pain, severe loss of visual acuity, shadows and photophobia.

Contact the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamansoff, PLLC

Anyone experiencing a poor outcome after cataract surgery which cannot be improved medically should contact the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC for a free consultation with an eye professional to determine whether or not they have cause for legal action.

To arrange a free initial consultation, contact us online or call our office at any time.

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