Ophthalmology expert witnesses

We provide ophthalmology expert witnesses and court reports

What is an ophthalmology expert?

Consultant ophthalmologists may be instructed as ophthalmology expert witnesses.   Ophthalmologists are surgeons whose expertise is the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of eye disorders.  Ophthalmologists have an important role in providing expert evidence about the human eye, including its function, injuries, diseases, and treatments.


Why use an ophthalmology expert witness?

Ophthalmology expert witnesses are most commonly instructed to provide expert evidence in cases of clinical negligence and personal injury.

What does an ophthalmologist medico-legal expert do?

Ophthalmology experts provide medicolegal reports about the eye, including conditions and injuries. An ophthalmology expert witness may comment on:

  • The extent of ocular trauma (damage to the eye) following an injury at work, in a public setting, or road traffic accident
  • Damage to the eye or eyelid as a result of the clinical negligence of an ophthalmic surgeon or another medical professional.
  • Whether a disease of the eye occurred as a direct result of clinical negligence (i.e. failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis) by a medical specialist or GP.
  • Whether damage to, or a condition of the eye, was caused by failure to provide suitable health and safety personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Whether an underlying eye condition may have led to dangerous actions (such as in the case of an accident).

What is an ophthalmology expert witness report?

An ophthalmology expert witness report may address any of the following:

  • the damage caused to the eye due to an injury or condition
  • the extent of any loss of function of the eye
  • the extent to which normal function may return to the eye
  • whether future treatment is needed
  • whether rehabilitation may be required
  • the long term effects of an injury to the eye
  • whether a person is likely to be able to return to work, and if so, when
  • the mistakes that were made which led to the eye injury or condition (e.g. clinical negligence or health and safety breaches).
  • whether the events that led to the injury or eye condition amounts to clinical negligence and why such mistakes would not have been made by a reasonably competent medical professional.

Medico-legal expert ophthalmologists

As with all medical specialties, there is sub-specialisation in ophthalmology.  The subspecialties in ophthalmology include:

  • oculoplastics and oculoplastic surgeons – who specialise in surgical procedures of the orbit, eyelids, tear ducts, and the face, and reconstruction of the eye and associated structures
  • ophthalmic pathologists – who specialise in diagnoses of diseases of the eye and neighbouring tissues
  • paediatric ophthalmologists – who specialise in ocular conditions that affect children
  • vitreoretinal Surgeons – who specialise in the surgical management of retinal and vitreoretinal diseases, including retinal detachment surgery.
  • laser eye surgeons – who specialise in surgery to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

If your case requires an expert with different experience to our expert, Mr Sumith Perera, he can advise on the most appropriate type of ophthalmologist to best meet your client’s needs.

What is the process of instructing an ophthalmologist expert witness?

We work with Mr Sumith Perera, an experienced consultant ophthalmologist.  If your instruction is accepted by Mr Perera, we will send a quote for your consideration.  Once the quote is agreed, we will coordinate the assessment and will request all relevant documentations/images to enable Mr Perera to undertake his assessment.  Based on this information, Mr Perera will form a written opinion in his expert witness report.

Why use Expert Court Reports?

A good ophthalmology expert witness should come with years’ of ophthalmic practice as well as specific competencies to act as an expert witness.  Look for someone who has established expert witness experience.  Our ophthalmology expert witness, Mr Sumith Perera, has many years of experience as an ophthalmologist and has been writing medicolegal expert witness reports for over 20 years.

How quickly can you provide a report?

At Expert Court Reports Ltd, we understand the pressures of the legal profession.  We recognise that litigation is subject to defined timescales and for this reason, we will be as flexible and accommodating as we are able to be.  However, we pride ourselves on not promising work that cannot be reliably delivered within a given timescale.  The quality of the evidence which is provided by our experts is subject to review and scrutiny.  All expert reports are subject to a detailed and robust proofreading process to ensure that our expert evidence is accurate and expertly formatted.

Instructing our ophthalmology medico-legal service

If you would like to find out more about how our ophthalmology medico-legal service expert witnesses can assist in your legal matter, please call us on 01865 587865, email office@expertcourtreports.co.uk, or request a call by completing our online form.

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