Midlothian, VA asked in Medical Malpractice for Virginia

Q: If my eye doctor failed to adhere to the screening guidelines set by the AAO and medicine induced vision loss occurs.

On December 3,2021 I was diagnosed with drug induced Retinal Toxicity. For 12+ years I was taking Hydroxychloroquine for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. In November 2021 I went for my annual eye exam and due to the medication use I was referred to a retina specialist to perform screenings her office could not perform. In the 12+ years of taking this medication and getting annual eye exams, I was never offered or given the specific screening(s) to detect the retinal toxicity. I was shocked when the retina specialist stated that I had retinal toxicity and the damage done to my vision is not reversible and may continue, there is no therapy. I had to immediately stop taking the hydroxychloroquine however the drug takes a long time to clear your system but can continue to cause vision damage. The retina specialist stated that the severity of the damage has been happening over time. Due to the length of time on the medication and the risk of vision damage, screenings should have been done

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Rich Nagle
Rich Nagle
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Reston, VA

A: Yes, you may have a case.

If you provide contact info we will reach out to you to discuss.

In the alternative please go to my website TrialHawk.com and submit your information and we will promptly contact you.

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