An ophthalmology expert witness advises on a case involving a cataract surgery patient who lose her vision due to a corneal burn. Plaintiff underwent cataract phacoemulsification (routine cataract surgery) with insertion of an intraocular lens on her right eye. Midway during the procedure, the machine started chiming an alarm. It was removed and later reinserted. She was told by defendant doctor that her vision would steadily improve. When it did not, and she continued seeing black spots, she sought treatment from another ophthalmologist. The second doctor said she had a corneal burn, scarring and thinning. She ultimately underwent astigmatic keratotomy on her right eye to relax the incisions. Following that procedure, she complained of a film blurring her vision. Her vision in that eye was 20/80. A third ophthalmologist diagnosed the plaintiff with having a hole in her eye that put her at risk for a detached cornea.
As a result of her lost vision, plaintiff has only been able to work a few hours a week. She sued the initial ophthalmologist for medical negligence.