I am trying to determine the extent to which the ER’s failure to properly examine me led to the amount of detachment of my retina, re-detachment of my retina, and the number and kind of procedures done to try and correct it.
I had an eye exam in the ER but they did not dilate my pupils or call an ophthalmologist
to perform that exam. I was misdiagnosed as having benign ocular migraines
. 6 weeks later, an ophthalmologist diagnosed the detached retina
, which was treated with gas bubble and 2 rounds of laser surgery
. It then redetached and I had a scleral buckle inserted.
I have been told by many doctors that the ER should have had an ophthalmologist examine my eye when I told them about my symptoms and the fact that I thought I was having a torn or detached retina (since my medical insurance nurse line had told me that)—and that if no ophthalmologist was on call, at minimum they should have dilated my pupils to be able to see into my eye during the exam. I have read that it is critical to immediately address a torn or detached retina, so it seems to follow that not immediately addressing it will lead to greater problems that would likely have been avoided had it been addressed sooner.
>>>To what degree is it a medical certainty that waiting 6 weeks between the wrong diagnosis and the right diagnosis affected the outcome in my case—and the long-term prognosis? Thank you!