£80,000 Awarded for Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment After Eye Surgery Complications

Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment After Eye Surgery Complications
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Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment After Eye Surgery Complications

AWH has recently settled a medical negligence claim for a delay in diagnosis and treatment after eye surgery complications. Our client suffered endophthalmitis (infection of the tissues or fluids inside the eyeball) due to issues in their left eye as a result of complications after their cataract surgery and from a lens implant surgery which took place on 15 August 2017 for £80,000.

As a consequence of the delay in diagnosis, the treatment of the infection (toxoplasmosis) was delayed. As a result, our client has suffered from loss of vision and an extended duration of treatment which would not have occurred if it was not for the delay in diagnosis and treatment.

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Floaters in Our Client’s Eye

On 16 March 2017, our client attended Macclesfield District General Hospital (MDGH) complaining of floaters in his left eye.

On 4th September 2017, he attended Dr Pakiteeri (ophthalmology specialist doctor) at MDGH and was diagnosed with left eye pseudophakia with the fundus (part of the eyeball opposite the pupil)  showing dense fluid and floaters in his eye called vitreous condensations and vitreous syneresis. He was advised to continue with the post-operative medications as prescribed.

The unaided visual acuity in the left eye was 6/6-3.

On 3 October 2017, our client visited Dr Pakiteeri  (ophthalmology specialist doctor)  at MDGH complaining of blurred vision in the left eye and floaters. Dr Pakiteeri diagnosed bilateral pseudophakia, as well as, left eye dense vitreous condensation and vitreous syneresis. He prescribed Pred Forte 1% four times a day for one week, three times a day for one week, twice a day for one week and once a day for one week with a review arranged for four weeks’ time. The unaided visual acuity in the left eye was 6/24 improving with pinhole to 6/9.

Prescribed Oral Steroids

On 29 November 2017, our client was again seen by Mr Sachdev, Consultant Ophthalmologist at MDGH. Mr Sachdev referred him to Mr Tarek El – Khashab at the ophthalmology department at Leighton hospital. Here he was given an ultrasound as it was very difficult to see the Fundus in the left eye. As a result, our client was started on oral steroids.

On 6 April 2018 Mr Charles, Consultant Ophthalmic and vitreoretinal surgeon at MREH identified differential diagnoses of virus possibly fungus, masquerade syndrome or toxoplasmosis.  There was also a small area of retinal detachment. An anterior chamber tap and vitreous sampling with diagnostic vitrectomy plus laser were arranged to be performed together with blood tests.

Incorrect Treatment Resulting in Delayed Diagnosis and Further Medical Complications

The steroid treatment (in the absence of antibiotics) promoted the left eye infection rather than treating it.

Had our client been referred on 3 September 2017 for suspected endophthalmitis this would have been treated as a medical emergency.

The anterior chamber and vitreous tap would have taken place within 6 days.

Following this, treatment would have commenced within 6 days of an urgent referral being made.

On the balance of probability, the infection would have resolved within 3 – 4 days of the commencement of treatment.

Had the endophthalmitis been diagnosed and treated earlier, our client’s visual acuity in the left eye would have drastically improved. Therefore, he would have avoided the further suffering he had to endure.

Expert Help from AWH’s Medical Negligence Solicitors

With the help of AWH’s medical negligence solicitor, Nimish Patel, our client was awarded £80,000 in damages for their claim.

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