Patrick Stockalper obtains defense verdict in steroid-induced glaucoma case

Plaintiff underwent surgery by the defendant to remove a pterygium in his right eye. He alleged that he was prescribed steroids by the defendant for post-operative pain and inflammation after the surgery by the defendant although the defendant failed to properly check his eye pressure in the post-operative period. Steroids are known to cause an increase in eye pressure. Plaintiff alleged that his eye pressure could have easily been checked and should have been checked per the standard of care. Due to the use of steroids in the post-operative period, he developed abnormally high eye pressure resulting in the development of glaucoma. He alleged loss of vision and the need for surgery as a result of the failure to check his eye pressure post-operatively. Following a jury verdict, the jury returned a verdict on behalf of the defendant.