Ophthalmologist sued for operating on the wrong eye

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Consultants of ophthalmologist Eugene Tay (unseen) works on Felicia Hu's eye during a surgery at the LASIK Surgery Clinic (LSC) in Singapore on September 17, 2014. The LASIK Surgery Clinic (LSC), a Singapore Medical Group (SMG) is the first private eye clinic in Singapore to acquire the multi-million dollar machine, ZEISS Femtosecond Laser System and to offer the procedure, ReLEx SMILE. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

CHICAGO- 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. The lawsuit alleges Ticho used instruments, including a needle, scissors and cautery en on her left eye, causing her pain, despite Dryfhout asking him to stop.

Dryfhout alleges negligence, medical battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress in the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

Michael Henrick, an attorney for Ticho and The Eye Specialists Center, declined to comment Thursday on the allegations.

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