Supreme Court, Columbia County

The plaintiff sued two ophthalmologists, alleging negligence in the performance of surgery for cataract removal and placement of an intraocular lens, resulting in postoperative retinal detachment. The surgery had been complicated by a tear of the posterior chamber, need for vitrectomy and placement of a lens in the sulcus. The plaintiff also alleged negligence in postoperative evaluation of visual acuity changes and claimed that there was a delay in diagnosis of retinal detachment. After retinal detachment was diagnosed, the plaintiff was referred for retinal repair surgery, but had a poor outcome and lost functional vision in the affected eye.

Result : Defense verdict for all defendants.
Defense Attorney : For ophthalmologist against whom delayed diagnosis was alleged: Robert Irving Miller.
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