A suburban Chicago ophthalmologist is being sued by a patient who says the doctor operated on the wrong eye and then operated on the correct eye without proper anesthesia.
Sutton Dryfhout alleges Dr. Benjamin Ticho of The Eye Specialists Center was to operate on her left eye in August 2017 to fix a lazy eye.
Ticho allegedly operated on the right eye.
Dryfhout alleges upon discovering the mistake, Ticho operated on the correct eye while she was in the non-sterile post-anesthesia care unit.
Sutton Dryfhout (left) is suing Dr. Benjamin Ticho (right) of The Eye Specialists Center for allegedly operating on the wrong eye and then using non-sterile equipment on the other eye
Dryfhout says there were 'bloody tears coming out of my right eye (above), there was a scratching sensation' after the surgery
Ticho is a practicing eye doctor at The Eye Specialists Center (above) in Chicago Ridge, Illinois
When she woke up out of surgery, Dryfhout began to experience 'bloody tears coming out of my right eye, there was a scratching sensation,' she told WFLD-TV.
Dryfhout says that the doctor's attempt to correct his mistake was horrifying.
'He had brought up a syringe and stuck it into my eye and I felt a burning sensation,' she says.
'I felt the needle go into my eye, it was hurting. I was telling him to stop and he wasn’t stopping.'
The lawsuit alleges Ticho used instruments, including a needle, scissors and cautery pen on her left eye, causing her pain, despite Dryfhout asking him to stop.
'I was awake during the second surgery,' Dryfhout said.
'I was screaming for him to stop. I could feel the needle going into my eye, see the scissors he was using and smell the cautery burning my eye.'