Who’s at risk of developing a retinal detachment?

Across Texas and the rest of the United States, more and more individuals are becoming increasingly aware of the risks of medical malpractice incidents stemming from ophthalmic surgeries. One of the most common medical malpractice issues associated with ophthalmic surgeries is retinal detachments, or RDs.

Several problems may contribute to the malpractice risk of a retinal detachment, including misdiagnosis. A variety of factors can contribute to errors, such as failing to obtain an adequate medical history, the lack of a well-informed team during the operation or a breakdown in communication between the ophthalmologist and the patient. An ophthalmologist may fail to properly assess when surgery is needed, more workup is essential or a dilated exam is necessary. In other instances, poor communication with patients about RD warnings may lead to a greater risk of medical malpractice incidents.

Certain individuals may be at risk of developing RD. Genetic factors can cause some people to be predisposed to RD. Those who have sustained penetrating or blunt injuries to the eye may have an increased risk of retinal detachment along with individuals who have myopic eyes or undergone cataract surgery. A person who experiences a sudden change in his or her vision should immediately notify his or her ophthalmologist.

Even though most ophthalmologists strive to maintain a high level of care for their patients, accidents may happen. Patients who have sustained an injury or loss, such as a retinal detachment, should consider seeking the guidance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A lawyer may be able to help his or her client recover from the financial, emotional and physical repercussions associated with a medical malpractice injury.