$100 Million Lawsuit Alleges Utah Eye Doctor Made Patient Go Blind

Oct 14, 2019, 9:17 PM | Updated: 9:35 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A lawsuit filed Monday claims medical malpractice against a Utah eye doctor and seeks up to $100 million in damages. The plaintiff said the operation performed by the doctor caused him to go blind and the lawsuit alleges the doctor never should have been doing the surgery in the first place.

Attorneys for plaintiff Robert Arias said Arias went to a free medical clinic to try to get cataract surgery and that’s where he met Dr. Paul Wade Wyatt. They said Wyatt convinced Arias to come to his clinic in Millcreek, where he could do the surgery at a very low cost and he wouldn’t have to wait for one to two years.

Arias says he agreed and had the surgery done, but his attorneys claim it was a surgery that’s not even allowed in the United States and is often referred to as a third world surgery.

They say Wyatt operated on Arias’ left eye in 2018 with no complications, but he had serious problems with his right eye.

“Multiple surgery after surgery and throughout these surgeries our client developed a serious infection in his eye resulting now in total blindness to him and he will probably lose his eye,” said attorney Dustin Lance. “He’s devastated. He’s a young man. He’s in his 30s. He’s married. He’s got young children and he doesn’t know how he’s going to be able to provide for them.”

A check of Wyatt’s medical background showed he had a license to practice ophthalmology 15 years ago in Minnesota. The licensing board there said he had a high rate of complications and surrendered his license.

Wyatt then moved to Wyoming and lost his license again after at least 15 complaints by patients.

Wyatt then came to Utah. He received a medical license here in 2007, but attorneys said he lost it after a couple of years. Wyatt reapplied and the state granted him a license in 2016 with restrictions – restrictions he allegedly ignored.

“He is restricted from having a private practice. He is restricted from any type of surgical ophthalmology and he is restricted from supervising others,” Lance said. “Unfortunately, he did all of those things at Wyatt Eye.”

Earlier this year, Wyatt admitted to the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing he violated his probation on numerous occasions by performing surgeries. He surrendered his Utah license in April.

Attorneys said they believe there are more victims and said Wyatt was targeting people who couldn’t afford to pay very much for eye surgery.

“We’re hoping that some of those victims will come forward, contact us, share their story,” Lance said. “Together, hopefully, they can help obtain some justice.”

The lawsuit seeks $20 to $100 million in damages.

KSL tried to contact Wyatt for his response but did not receive a response.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Keith Jensen's Christmas home lit up by all the festive lights. (KSL-TV)...
Michael Locklear

Millcreek man lights up neighborhood with the face of Santa

Millcreek man is spreading Christmas cheer through tens of thousands of lights all around his home.
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO: The Chickadee lift is pictured at Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Thursday, Oct...
Michael Houck

Avalanche triggered at Snowbird resort, no injuries reported

Rescue crews responded to the Snowbird Ski Resort after an avalanche was triggered on a trail. 
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO (Lehi Police Department/Facebook)...
Michael Houck

Lehi building placed on ‘lock down’ after reports of man with a gun

A misunderstanding caused a building to be placed in "lock down" after reports of a man with a gun Tuesday.
1 day ago
Pat Reavy, KSL.com

Price man arrested in woman’s 2019 death now being called a murder

A Price man has been arrested for investigation of murder in connection with the shooting death of a woman in 2019 in Carbon County that was once considered an accidental shooting.
1 day ago
A Ute Football mini helmet at the U of U official store. (KSL-TV)...
Shelby Lofton

‘It was a dream come true;’ Utah football fans hyped up for another Rose Bowl

Utah football fans are making plans for the Rose Bowl after winning the PAC-12 championship game Friday night.
1 day ago
The former Utah man and pilot, Dan Ragan....

Utah resident remembers pilot killed in Dallas Air Show crash

The former Utah man who tragically passed away in a deadly air show crash in Texas is being remembered by neighbors and friends. 
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
$100 Million Lawsuit Alleges Utah Eye Doctor Made Patient Go Blind