LASIK after Radial Keratotomy

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LASIK after Radial Keratotomy

If you underwent radial keratotomy in the past, you might wonder if it’s possible to have Laser eye surgery after radial keratotomy.  The short answer is yes.

Radial keratotomy was pioneered by a Russian ophthalmologist, Dr. Svyatoslav Fyodorov, in the 1970’s; laser vision correction was introduced in the United States in the 1990’s.  Laser eye surgery quickly proved to be more predictable and safer than radial keratotomy, thus eye surgeons quickly converted and discontinued performing radial keratotomy surgery.

There are a number of radial keratotomy complications emerging as patients who underwent the procedure years ago are aging and experiencing vision changes. This has patients wondering whether or not Laser after radial keratotomy might be a viable solution.  The multiple incisions used during the radial keratotomy procedure can lead to a condition that sometimes represents hyperopia or farsightedness.  This often means patients may require glasses for reading, and over time, they’ll also need glasses for distance vision as well.

Laser vision correction after radial keratotomy is an effective option to help patients who experience these symptoms.  When performing Laser vision correction after radial keratotomy, surface treatment or photorefractive keratectomy often works better than creating a LASIK flap.  Advanced technology custom laser vision correction is often used to correct the prescription requirement in the glasses, and also improves the quality of vision by reducing induced distortions or aberrations of the cornea (created by the previous radial keratotomy surgery).

In some cases, patients benefit from refractive lens exchange involving the removal of natural lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens implant.  If the farsighted correction is beyond the range that can be corrected by laser vision, then this technique is used.

If you require glasses or contact lenses for your distance-corrected vision, you might want to consider Laser vision correction after radial keratotomy.  Custom laser vision correction or refractive lens exchange surgery might be able to improve your distance vision.

To find out more about LASIK surgery or to learn if you are a candidate, visit the Phoenix LASIK surgeons that doctors trust at Moretsky Cassidy LASIK.

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