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Cataract Surgery, What You Need to Know



Cataract Surgery, What You Need to Know

Cataract Surgery

If your eyes appear cloudy, there are signs you might have a cataract. Unlike many people who presume that cataract affects only the elderly, they can affect people of all ages. When left untreated, cataract is likely to cause blindness. Since it develops gradually and is usually painless, regular eye check-ups may help you detect the disease at its early stage and block complications. The cataract surgery Jacksonville specialists at Wolchok Eye Associates, PA, offer cataract removal using non-invasive and skillful techniques. Read on to learn more about cataract surgery.

What is a cataract?

Usually, the eye lens is clear, but the lens appears cloudy when you have a cataract. When you have a cataract, you view things as foggy or frosty. It affects your vision, where you may have difficulty reading, driving, or even seeing the other person.

Cataracts progress slowly, and you might not notice the changes in your vision. As time goes by, cataracts may interfere with your vision. Eyeglasses can ease your situation with cataracts, but you may need cataract surgery to repair your vision.

The following may show you have a cataract.

·         Clouded or blurred vision

·         Increased light sensitivity

·         Double vision in a single eye

·         Regular change in eyeglass or contact lens prescription

·         Vision problems during the night

·         Difficulty reading with normal light

·         Fading or yellowing of colors

It’s important to seek medical care if you start experiencing blurred vision, sudden eye pain, or light flashes.

What causes cataracts?

Usually, when at 40, your eyes’ proteins begin to decline naturally. The proteins decompose to produce small clumps that lead to the formation of cloudy eyes.

In addition, cataracts can occur due to eye trauma. You may also develop a cataract due to alcohol overconsumption, cigarette smoking, and sun exposure. Having diabetes, among other chronic diseases, or eye surgery puts you at risk of cataracts.

Your provider recommends cataract surgery upon discovery of cataracts.

What does cataract surgery involve?

Cataract surgery at Wolchok Eye Associates, PA, involves using the femtosecond laser removal technique. Your provider uses laser energy to perform the following.

Corneal incision

Your provider uses a 3D scan of your eye to perform the corneal incision.

Anterior capsulotomy

It involves using a laser to take out the front part of your lens capsule. Anterior capsulotomy makes the cataract visible for removal. It allows the lens capsule to stay in place while your provider places the ideal lens.

Cataract removal

Unlike traditional methods, femtosecond laser enhances the use of less heat in the incision. It lowers the chances of capsule breakage, accidental leakage, and the risk of complications such as retinal detachment after the surgery.

Your surgeon places an intraocular lens after cataract removal and corrects the eyesight.

The procedure is safe, accurate, and reliable.

If you have cloudy eyes that disrupt your vision, you must seek medical attention from your ophthalmologist. The team at Wolchok Eye Associates, PA, offers a femtosecond laser technique to remove a cataract that provides excellent results while enhancing your safety and precision. Contact their offices or use their online scheduler to book your appointment.


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When Can You Sue For Getting Cancer?



When Can You Sue For Getting Cancer?

Being diagnosed with cancer can be devastating and affect anyone at any age. Several factors, such as genetics and lifestyle, can cause it. However, cancer can also be caused by the negligence of others. In such an instance, you can sue the people responsible for causing your cancer and claim compensation for the diagnosis and any associated damages.

Determining when and who to sue for getting cancer can be a complex process. So, it’s a wise idea to hire a lawyer to get you through the process and get the compensation you deserve. The attorney can advise you on when, how, and whom to sue for getting cancer.

With that said, here’s when you can sue for getting cancer:

  1. Product Liability 

You can sue for getting cancer from a defective product. For example, in one hair product cancer lawsuit, a claim was made that a hair straightening product was causing uterine cancer in women. The defects in the hair product increase the risk of developing uterine cancer for whoever uses it. If you think you’re in a similar situation, you can sue the manufacturers if a certain product increases your risk of developing cancer.

However, proving your case and claiming compensation can be challenging. In such a case, you must prove the defective product caused your cancer to sue the manufacturer or retailer. You’ll have to request tests on the products to prove the defect and the relationship to cancer development. The product defect has to have caused your cancer diagnosis directly. One example is when the product has excessive amounts of lead. You’ll need to hire experts or resort to government authorities to investigate the product to prove this. This way, you have a piece of solid evidence to sue the product manufacturer.

  • Medical Negligence 

Medical negligence is one of the most common reasons to sue for getting cancer. You could sue for medical malpractice if the doctors, healthcare facility, hospital, or other medical professionals failed to offer the standard of care causing your cancer diagnosis. For example, if the doctor failed to order necessary tests or misdiagnosed your case resulting in cancer progression, you can sue for medical negligence.  

To successfully sue for medical negligence, you must prove that the medical practitioner’s actions directly caused your cancer diagnosis. You must also show that you suffered damage because of the negligent actions of the medical practitioner. By doing so, you can claim compensation for treatment of progressing cancer, lost wages if you cannot work, and pain and suffering.

  • Environmental Factors 

Exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins is a common risk factor for cancer. Prolonged exposure to asbestos at the workplace, radiation, and other chemicals can increase cancer risk. If you can prove your cancer was caused by exposure to a certain environmental toxin like asbestos, consider suing the company or entity responsible for the pollutants.

Suppose a company’s activities produce excessive radiation that affects the population in a specific area and results in cancer. In that case, you can sue that company for exposing you to toxins that caused the development of your cancer.

Like the previous points, you must prove your cancer was directly caused by a specific substance you were exposed to. You’ll also have to show that the exposure was from the negligence of the company or entity you’re suing. Another aspect you must consider is the entity’s knowledge of the potential risks of exposing people to the toxin or substance. Since you’ll also claim that the company or entity was negligent, expose their bad practices that contributed to the development of your cancer.

Additionally, working in a hazardous environment may expose you to substances or toxins that can increase your cancer risk. For instance, if you’re a construction worker with constant exposure to asbestos, you’ll be at risk of developing cancer. Working as a firefighter can also expose you to asbestos and other carcinogenic substances that cause cancer.  

You can sue your employer for getting cancer while working in a hazardous environment. To be successful, you must prove the cancer was caused directly by exposure to a specific chemical or substance at the workplace or in the line of duty. For example, getting cancer from asbestos exposure at a construction site.  

In such a suit, you’ll claim compensation for the medical expenses covering the diagnosis and treatment, lost wages, damages for the pain and suffering caused to you and your family, and other associated costs.  

Conclusion  Getting a cancer diagnosis because of someone else’s negligence can be traumatizing and devastating. However, you can get a little relief through compensation for the medical expenses and other related damages, such as pain and suffering. The process of suing for getting cancer can be complicated, and it’d be best to hire an experienced lawyer to handle the litigation process. An attorney can also advise on the available legal options available and the compensation to seek.

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