Blindness

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Not being able to see alters how humans understand and function in the world. Impaired vision can affect emotional, neurological, and physical development by potentially limiting the range of experiences and the kinds of information people are exposed to.

Nearly two-thirds of those born with vision impairment also have one or more other developmental disabilities, such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, or epilepsy. Recently, the Federal government warned of the resurgence of kernicterus as a cause of vision problems. Kernicterus may occur in newborns who suffer from jaundice. Your doctor's failure to properly treat jaundice that causes kernicterus, and subsequently causes vision problems, may be malpractice. If you or your child suffer from a vision problem that was caused by a doctor's negligence, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights.

Laser eye surgery, or "Lasik," and cataract surgery have become extremely popular. However, while such procedures are performed on millions of patients every year, problems still persist. Often patients complain of dryness in the eyes immediately following these procedures. In addition, infections can develop and some patients experience painful glares, annoying halo effects, and damage to other parts of the eye.

Loss of vision, including total blindness, may also occur after undergoing certain surgical procedures that are completely unrelated to the eyes. Such a tragic outcome may occur if blood pressure drops dangerously low, hampering blood and oxygen flow to the eyes. Without adequate oxygen, the eyes may be damaged to a point where they no longer function. Surgeons must carefully guard against such a drop in blood pressure. Failure to do so may be malpractice.

In May 2005, CBS News reported that federal health officials were investigating cases of blindness in men who used Viagra. The FDA is reviewing 50 cases of vision loss, although a direct link to the drug has not been determined. According to physicians, Viagra may be affecting blood circulation to the optic nerve, causing blindness. Consumer groups are asking the FDA to add a black box warning to Viagra's label because of the reports of blindness.

If your vision deteriorated after any surgical procedure, you should see a doctor as you may be suffering from easily correctable side effects. However, if your eyesight has become significantly worse because of your doctor's negligence, it may be important to contact an attorney.

Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



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