Human eyes are the most sensitive part of the human body. The cornea of the eye is the clear front part of the eye that allows one to see by focussing the light the passes through the pupil. The cornea in the eyes must be clear and smooth to do its job efficiently. When the cornea becomes too misshapen, scarred, or diseased, one experiences a painful swelling of the eye which hindrances in proper vision. In such cases, the cornea needs to be repaired and the surgeon might suggest the patient undergo a cornea transplant.
However, if you feel that your surgeon has been negligent while performing the surgery, you can get in touch with ophthalmology expert witness through the help of a malpractice attorney.
Types of cornea transplant
In a cornea transplant, the damaged cornea is replaced by a healthy one which is supplied by the donor. There are various types of cornea transplant and the surgeon will recommend the best one for the patient according to his or her extent of the damage:
- Full-thickness corneal transplant: The entire cornea needs to be replaced if both the front and inner corneal layers get damaged.
- Partial-thickness corneal transplant: If the front and middle layers of the cornea are damaged, only those need to be removed.
- Endothelial keratoplasty: If the innermost layer of the cornea, known as the ‘endothelium’ gets damaged and needs to get replaced by surgery.
Complications in Corneal Transplant surgery
Cornea surgery takes a longer time to recover than most other eye surgeries. Postoperative care is very important to prevent the rejection of the new cornea. The eye needs to get checked the day after the surgery, several times in the first two weeks, many times during the first year at regular intervals, and after a year of the surgery. The corneal transplant surgery can cause post-surgical complications such as bleeding, higher pressure in the eye, cataract in the eye lens, swelling of the cornea, and even in extreme cases, a detached retina when the back inside surface of the eye pulls away from its normal position. All these can result due to lack of surgical skills of the doctor, negligence of the doctor and medical practitioners which fails in postoperative care, and due to professional misconduct. This can cause severe harm to the patient resulting in permanent cornea damage and even blindness.
What steps to be taken in case of post-surgical problems?
In the case of medical malpractice, the patient has to suffer severely both physically and psychologically. The patient can file a medical lawsuit against the surgeon. The attorney will call upon the Ophthalmologist Expert Witness to study the case in details and build an unbiased report stating a case of medical malpractice. They conduct independent medical examinations; give testimonials during trails, depositions and arbitrations. All of these help the patient to get justice, cut up the costs and speed up the process. Thus, an expert ophthalmology witness is a surgeon who has legal knowledge about medical malpractice cases, apart from excellent academic qualifications. The primary advantage is that the attorneys will not charge an upfront fee. Payment has to be made only if the damage which was done has been recovered. The attorneys are also well aware of the limitations within which the lawsuit can be filed. Thus, they help the patients in building a strong case of clinical malpractice against the doctor.