Types of ophthalmic surgery
There is a wide range of eye problems which may require surgery or other medical treatment. Although the vast majority of procedures are successful, complications can arise. Here are some of the most common ophthalmic surgeries and conditions:
Cataracts are basically a clouding of the eye’s lens which cause blurred or misty vision. Cataract surgery involves using a small plastic lens, called an intraocular implant or intraocular lens, to replace the original natural lens. Although it’s one of the most common types of medical procedures in the UK, up to one in ten patients will eventually develop something called posterior capsule opacification, which causes your vision to become cloudy, and there are other potential complications.
This involves transplanting of a full or partial cornea and is used to correct the vision of people with severe short-sightedness and mild degrees of long-sightedness. It can be performed under local anaesthetic and involves making an incision into the cornea to make way for the new cornea which is then sewn into place. Possible side effects include infection and corneal scarring.
Eye muscle surgery
Also called strabismus surgery, this procedure is designed to correct squints where the eyes point in different directions; while one eye looks straight ahead, the other eye turns to point inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards. The surgery involves strengthening or relaxing eye muscles.
Glaucoma, which accounts for one in 10 cases of visual impairment in the UK, is a condition involving the build-up of fluid in the eye, leading to pressure and potential damage to the optic nerve and nerve fibres from the retina. It’s vital that glaucoma is diagnosed and treated early in order to prevent irreversible damage to eyesight or even loss of vision entirely.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
AMD is a painless eye condition that generally leads to the gradual loss of central vision but can sometimes cause a rapid reduction in vision. There are two forms of AMD – dry and wet. The latter is serious and early diagnosis is essential to reduce the risk of severe loss of vision.
This occurs when the retina begins to pull away from the blood vessels that supply it with oxygen and nutrients. It’s important to diagnose and treat it as soon as possible, as delays can lead to blindness in the affected eye.
Compensation for eye surgery errors and missed diagnoses
If your vision has suffered following eye surgery, or your doctor or optician failed to diagnose a condition such as AMD, retinal detachment or glaucoma, you may be entitled to claim compensation. The clinical negligence team at CH Legal can advise you on any potential claim you may have and pursue your case. To find out more, contact Rukhsana Arif or phone 0845 4786 354.