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Glaucoma is a disease of progression, as neurons cannot be rejuvenated. Therefor early detection is critical for a successful outcome. Careful monitoring of the patient’s status guides therapy, is the standard of care, and can usually allow prevention of vision loss.

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Central Retinal Vein Occlusion

CRVO is a frequently encountered retinal disease. Risk factors include age, glaucoma, or vascular diseases including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. Furthermore, smoking and taking oral contraceptives increase the risk in otherwise healthy individuals. When no underlying risk factor is present, a workup searching for a hypercoagulable disorder may be performed.

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Role of the Expert Witness

The medical expert witness provides several important functions.  First and foremost, the expert must be able to interpret and analyze complex clinical scenarios.  Then the expert determines the appropriate standard of care to be applied to the specific facts.  It is then necessary to decide if the care given represents a breach from the applicable standard of care.  If a breach has occurred, an assessment of any injury the patient has experienced is done.  Finally, establishing causation between the breach and the injury is necessary for the case to have merit.

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