Diagnosis of serious eye conditions is important for people in Maryland because with many conditions, if treatment is started earlier, there is a better chance that the patient will retain his or her sight. Age-related macular degeneration is one example of an eye condition that is frequently missed.
Age-related macular degeneration
A study that appeared in “JAMA Ophthalmology” found that around 25% of AMD cases were not diagnosed, and researchers say that about one-third of those missed cases would have been helped with treatment. For people who are at least 50 years old, it is the main cause of vision loss. While AMD cannot be cured, its progression can be slowed with the use of vitamins and minerals along with other treatments.
Another common problem is misdiagnosing an eye issue as glaucoma. As is the case with AMD, a misdiagnosis is like a personal injury and can cause the problem to worsen; it may even result in sight loss. Misdiagnoses may happen for a number of reasons, so medical professionals should also listen carefully to symptoms and take risk factors, such as age, into account.
If your eye condition was misdiagnosed, you might want to discuss the situation with an attorney if you believe that it was medical malpractice. The legal system recognizes that misdiagnoses may occur that do not constitute negligence, and this means that a court would look at what kind of treatment you received based on the standard of medical care that could be generally expected. If you were awarded compensation, this could help pay for medical care and other expenses associated with your misdiagnosis. An attorney may be able to help you navigate the legal process.