Ophthalmologists are medical doctors, MD’s, with specialty training in eye diseases, including eye surgery. Many ophthalmologists sub-specialize in the various parts of the eye. Some only operate on the retina (the viewing screen at the back of the eye), including surgery for diabetic retinopathy. Others focus on the cornea (including LASIK surgeons), or cataract treatment of the lens, or eyelid surgery. Or they may focus on particular diseases such as glaucoma.
Improper performance of eye surgery also can give rise to a malpractice claim. This happens occasionally with cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment (including failure to use more advanced techniques to open up the drainage channels in the eye), and LASIK surgery. LASIK malpractice cases often involve the eye doctor offering the surgery to someone who really should not have received it, because of some issue with their eye such as thin corneas.
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