Radial Keratotomy (RK) is a simple office surgical procedure designed to permanently correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. A series of microscopic incisions are made in the patient's cornea to change its curvature and improve the focusing power of the eye. As the cornea heals, it flattens out, causing the focal point of light entering the eye to move backwards.
In most cases, RK can improve the vision of nearsighted patients to 20/40 or better, well enough to function without corrective lenses. While there are some risks, RK is considered a safe, effective, and less costly alternative to Lasik, the current procedure of choice among ophthalmologists, and has demonstrated comparable results in many cases.
"I find RK especially useful for patients who are older and have undergone Cataract Surgery but
still need glasses to see."
The procedure takes about ten minutes, and generally produces only minor after-effects, such as watery or burning eyes, sensitivity to light, and a scratchy feeling in the eye. Middle age and older patients may still require reading glasses after surgery, but should experience a significant overall improvement.
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