Medical staff at Kobe City Medical Center's Central Public Hospital mistakenly operated on the patient's wrong eye while performing cataract surgery.
Hospital officials admitted the error at a news conference on Friday, TV Asahi reported Saturday. A hospital spokesman called it "a simple mistake" on the part of the surgeon
According to officials, in May of this year, a 70-year-old man went to the medical center for a procedure after suffering from cataracts in both eyes. Following the operation, the man told hospital staff that he was having difficulty seeing with his right eye. An investigation showed that the surgeon in charge of the procedure incorrectly switching the lenses of the left and right eyes.
The hospital said the patient has since had corrective surgery and is seeing normally, TV Asahi reported. The hospital said that when the 30-year-old ophthalmologist in charge of the operation was entering the procedure information into his computer, he mistakenly recorded the information corresponding to the lenses for the patient's left and right eyes.© Japan Today