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Punctual Eye Plugs

Postby ayize » Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:20 am

Dear Mr. Schroder,

Five years ago, I had punctual plugs inserted into my tear ducts because I have very dry eyes.  When my eye doctor inserted them into my eye I never signed any consent form(I was told by a friend that I should have signed something).  

Honestly, if I had known of the risks/problems I am having now, I would never have had them put in. Anyway, about 6 months ago, I got an infection in my left eye from the plug(the right one is okay so far).

I've been to several doctor appointments(my own eye doctor and an ophthalmologist) to have my tear duct irrigated trying to get rid of the plug with no success.  (I have to go back again next Tuesday, and I'm not looking forward to it).  I've been on tons of antibiotics both orally and topically, not including the pain and suffering from having the various procedures done(it hurts and is very uncomfortable having it irrigated).  Also, I've spent a lot of out of pocket money to cover it all.  And not to sound like a violin, but I have to find a babysitter for my son every time I have to go to the doctor.

The company that makes them is located in southern California.  According to the MAUDE database(FDA), there have been quite a lot of bad reports about this particular punctual plug.  It should probably be taken off the market.  

I heard from one source that she knew of people who had to get re-constructive eyelid surgeries to repair the damage when a plug worked its way into inconvenient places.  Most importantly, I worry that I could possibly lose my vision.  

The right eye seems to be fine so far, but it concerns me that it also could become infected.  (I recently developed an awful sinus infection which makes me wonder if it isn't related to these plugs.  I couldn't hear out of my left ear for almost 2 weeks, and that is the same side that the plug is in.)

Do you think there is any merit to this case and if I should pursue legal action?  Should I try to find a Malpractice Attorney or a Personal Injury one??  Would it be better to see if there is a civil action lawsuit against the makers of this plug?  If so, how would I go about finding out if there is such a lawsuit going on?  I've been searching the Internet, but I'm at a loss on what to do.  

Thank you so much Mr. Schroder for your time.  I really appreciate it.
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Punctual Eye Plugs

Postby Cephas » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:37 am

I am sorry to be ao slow answerung your question.

Five years is a long time, but apparently it may be shortened by the six months you mention. I do not know much about that device, but it sounds as if you have a case against the manufacturer. Lawyers like these case more than malpractice. But you probably need a malpractice lawyer.

Are you returning to the original ophthalmologist?  That may help you get a lawyer because in most states the statute of limitations starts with the last visit to the offending doctor. But generally returning to the offending doctor is a huge mistake, both medically and legally.

ou must see a malpractice lawyer. Ask your local Bar Association for helrchoosing one. I think you will find a lawyer who will take your case.
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