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Ophthalmology Expert Witnesses

The expertise you need for cases involving malpractice and vision loss

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology, and diseases of the eye, as well as surgical and non-surgical treatments used to correct or manage eye conditions. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, injuries, and disorders.

In the United States, ophthalmologists must complete a medical degree, followed by a three- to four-year residency in ophthalmology. The residency includes specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders, as well as surgical procedures such as cataract surgery and LASIK. Some ophthalmologists will also complete a fellowship in a sub-specialty such as pediatric ophthalmology or neuro-ophthalmology. Board Certification in ophthalmology is administered by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO).

Some of the procedures ophthalmologists perform include:

  • Comprehensive eye exams
  • Cataract surgery
  • LASIK surgery
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Corneal transplant
  • Retinal detachment surgery
  • Eye muscle surgery
  • Eye injections

Ophthalmologists can also perform routine eye exams and prescribe and fit glasses or contact lenses, although optometrists more commonly provide those services.

The value of an ophthalmologist as an expert witness

Many types of incidents, including car accidents, work injuries, and injuries caused by medical malpractice, can damage the eye or cause vision loss. An ophthalmologist can review medical records and opine on the cause and extent of the injury, as well as the patient’s expected prognosis and long-term effects. Since vision loss can significantly affect a person’s independence, ability to work, and quality and enjoyment of life, an ophthalmologist can be crucial in calculating appropriate damages.

In addition, in cases involving malpractice by an ophthalmologist, a Board-Certified ophthalmologist expert witness can explain the applicable standards of care and opine on whether those standards were met. And in cases involving misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of eye conditions and vision loss, an ophthalmologist can explain whether earlier intervention would have led to a better outcome for the patient.

Discuss your potential legal case with an experienced medical professional

Legal matters involving eye injuries and vision loss have high stakes and require the right expert witnesses. Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants has been working with some of America’s finest personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys for decades, and our network includes highly qualified, Board-Certified ophthalmologists who can offer credible and objective testimony. Contact us today for your free case summary review.

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