I went to my eye doctor three weeks ago and had my eyes dilated for an exam. Dilation should only last about 4-6 hours. The next day I woke up and could not read or focus on anything. I called the eye doctors office and was told the doctors assistant had put the wrong drops in my eyes and I was one of a few patients calling in with this problem. I was told I would just have to wait it out and it could take up to 10 days for this medication (Atropine) to clear from my system. I asked to speak with the eye doctor who called me back . At first he asked if I had ever had a reaction like this to dilation drops. I explained that I had already spoke with his office and the staff told me that the wrong drops had been put in my eyes and that the medication was now cleared from the examining rooms. He then had a different approach and faxed a perscription for reversal drops to a pharmacy near my house. He said he would cover the cost of the drops since I do not have insurance. I took the drops for 1 week and my eyes became less dilated but remain unable to focus close up and sensitive to light. I called back and explained this to the eye doctor. He said he was sorry and spoke with the girls in the office regarding the importance of administering the correct drops. He then sent me to an optician in my area who examined my eyes and gave me a set of eye glasses to help focus when I am reading close up. She told me that this medication Atropine could have prematurely caused a condition where my eye is no longer able to accomodate and focus as it did before. My original doctor covered the cost of these glasses as well and told me that we all eventually loose are ability to focus close up after the age of 40yr( I am 42). I am really concerned about my eyesight . I have had headaches and have been unable to read or focus on a computer screen . I have gone to see another optician who said my perscription has changed and could not understand how Atropine could have been put in my eyes . He says my eyes are no longer dilated however I feel there is a change in my vision. I was already experiencing loss of vision in my right eye when I went to my original eye doctor who is a retinal specialist I am upset to know a mistake was made and I have to live with the consequences and wonder about the future of my eyesight. The original doctor has called once to see if I was doing better and had his staff call twice. I do not feel comfortable going back to his office an can not help but feel he is responsible for the staff in his office. Please advise if I have any recourse in this matter.
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): New Jersey
Hello and welcome,I am very sorry to hear that the wrong drops were used on your eyes.Would you pursue a lawsuit against the doctor if you have a viable claim?
I see.It seems easy to prove that an error was made, since the doctor's office has admitted as much. That is often a difficult element of the case to prove, but should not be in your case.The only real issue that you would typically need to prove now is the extent of your injuries, for which you would typically need the opinion of a reputable eye doctor (in addition to your Testimony). To obtain such an opinion, it is normally best to consult with a local medical malpractice law firm as they usually have access to professionals they could direct you to. Their professionals would usually review your medical records as well so they can establish that an error was made in order to prove your case.Such law firms typically work on a contingency fee basis so there should be no fee unless they prevail on your behalf.Since liability appears easy to prove in your case, I would expect the case to settle before trial for a significant sum, depending on the extent of your injuries.You can seek attorney referrals through the state and local bar associations.Here is a link to the state bar's referral service:http://www.njsba.com/for-the-public/lawyer-referral-service.html
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The concern I have is that I was already experiencing vision loss when this mistake was made. I am concerned the doctor will say this would be the normal progression of my eyesight regardless of gthe wrong eye drops being instilled . Is this plausable?
It is likely the doctor will argue that, but it is clear you suffered at least some damage and sought help for it. Only the medical professionals can confirm the actual damage done to your eyes. That is not something I can do through this forum unfortunately.I would consult further with a local law firm in order to get a consultation set up with an expert who can evaluate your eyes.
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