Radial Keratotomy (RK) for Myopia


In the beginning of 1970’s, contemporary radial keratotomy was given birth by a group of Russian eye specialists. These eye physicians used radial cuts in the cornea to decrease myopia. They designed therapies that tried to enhance the outcomes and taken into consideration the level of nearsightedness that was present before surgery treatment. The first radial keratotomy operations were conducted in the U.S. in 1978 and were based on the European methods.

Main Idea:

Radial Keratotomy (RK) is a surgery, used to decrease myopia. During the process, radial cuts are created in the cornea of the eye with a very accurate precious diamond set to a particular level. The number of cuts and their place is identified by the level of nearsightedness. These cuts allow the edges of the cornea to bugle external and thereby tone and flatten the main part of the cornea. This delivers the focal point of the eye nearer to the retina and enhances a person’s range perspective.

Radial keratotomy is an optional process that is done to appropriate nearsightedness in otherwise healthier eye-sight. Good applicants for RK have regular, healthier sight with constant, mild-to-moderate nearsightedness up to 3 diopters that is not getting more intense with time. RK may also correct some amount of astigmatism.

You may not be fit for RK if you have:

• An abnormality of the cornea.

• Pathological myopia, in which the eyeball fails to stop growing longer.

• Degenerative changes caused by high myopia, such as retinal tears.

• A job or activity for which the possible adverse reactions of RK would be an issue. Glare is sometimes a complication of the surgery treatment, which would be an issue for a car owner, for example

• A ligament condition that might impact the treatment of the cornea or that needs you to take steroid drugs.

• Nearsightedness that is still getting worse like in children and teenagers.

Radial Keratotomy involved the making of small, deep slices into the cornea in an effort to reduce myopia and astigmatism. The future outcomes of radial keratotomy complications have been truly dreadful for a large number of people. Many complications occurred years later. These include:

1. Loss of Best Repaired Visible Acuity

2. Dual or Multiple Vision

3. Infrequent Astigmatism

4. Volatile or Varying Vision

5. Severe Dry Eye

6. Halo, Glare and Decreased Evening Vision

7. Completely Open Incisions

8. Repeated Ocular Attacks and Inflammations

9. The Ultimate Need for Corneal Implant Surgery

Over the decades, I have seen many RK sufferers who also experienced extra RK methods followed by one or more LASIK methods. In every example, the extra methods only created things more intense. Many sufferers gradually required to go through corneal transplant surgery treatment. For those sufferers who experienced RK surgery treatment are now looking for a physician and new therapies to allow you to see better, I would motivate you to keep away from any extra obtrusive methods such as INTACS, PRK and LASIK. In latest times, developments in specialized contacts such as Scleral, Synergeyes and other exclusive get in touch with lens technology have become available which will allow you to see clearly and perfectly once again without the danger that obtrusive the operations existing.