Risk Management

2019 January Bulletin: Cataract Surgery

January 2019 Risk Management Bulletin

Cataract Surgery Risk Reduction

Cataract surgery is the second most frequently performed ophthalmic procedure in the United States, and remains the source of the majority of the medical malpractice claims reported to OMIC. Patient expectations about the outcome of cataract surgery are heavily influenced by advertising that promises to reduce or completely eliminate dependence upon glasses and contact lens. Many patients undergoing cataract surgery thus have very high visual goals, especially if they invest their own money to upgrade to specialty IOLs. When the outcome does not match these heightened expectations, patients are more apt to complain not only to their ophthalmologist, but to acquaintances, insurance companies, regulatory agencies, and malpractice attorneys.

Our risk management recommendations and sample consent forms can help you reduce your liability exposure.


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