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Is it okay to get lasik surgery done if you previously have had radial keratotomy?

Is it okay to get lasik surgery done if you previously have had radial keratotomy?

No, PRK may be OK: Lasik is not generally a great idea after previous radial keratotomy as there is a fear that the rk incisions can come apart with the creation of a lasik flap. If all else is normal and the refraction is stable, great success can be achieved with prk, as the creation of a flap is not needed. ...Read more

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Could overcorrection by radial keratotomy be treated by lasik?

LASIK and RK: I personally would not recommend lasik in patients with previous rk. A better option would be prk (surface ablation). Of course, many patents with previous rk (which was performed in the 80's and early 90s) have early cataracts - and early cataract surgery can be performed which can help significantly improve vision. Please see your own doctor to discuss options. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
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Lasik surgery (radial keratotomy) (Tip)

Surgery may be the best remedy for you but rehab is key. ...See more

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Was radial keratotomy the original lasik procedure?

Was radial keratotomy the original lasik procedure?

No: Radial keratotomy (rk) was a precursor refractive surgery to lasik. In lasik, a circular flap is created and then lifted up to expose the corneal stroma. Then laser is applied and the flap replaced. In rk, radial cuts are made to create relaxing incisions to try and flatten the cornea. Late onset regression and scarring were the side effects. Current technology with lasers is better. ...Read more

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Can overcorrection from radial keratotomy be treated by lasik?

Usually: Overcorrection by lasik results in far-sightedness, requiring spex for everything! if the cornea is otherwise healthy, reduction or reversal of the over-correction is possible with lasik but can also be done by prk (no flap). ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Lasik surgery (radial keratotomy) (Tip)

The key to healing, from a major surgery, is great nutrition. ...See more

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Could you have lasik done if you have had radial keratotomy before?

LASIK vs PRK: Most surgeons recommend against lasik in patients who have had radial keratotomy (rk). An alternative procedure - prk - which is laser on the surface of the cornea, is an option, and can achieve improvement in vision. Please discuss with your own doctor. ...Read more

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Does radial keratotomy vision deteriorate?

Does radial keratotomy vision deteriorate?

Possible yes: Rk is almost never performed now because of the side effects which included regression, scarring, and irregular astigmatism. This was due to the fact that the human hand cannot make 8 or 16 perfectly symmetrical and identical incisions in the eye and that each incision would not heal exactly the same. Many patients with rk now have worse vision and many use contact lenses to treat astigmatism. ...Read more

Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
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Lasik surgery (radial keratotomy) (Tip)

Move it, move it - post surgery/injury. Best outcome. ...See more

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Can radial keratotomy be done again to correct "middle aged eyes"?

Can radial keratotomy be done again to correct "middle aged eyes"?

No: Radial keratotomy to begin with is now obselete and has been superseded by laser treatment (lasik, prk). You would like to have a procedure to re-establish the elasticity of your natural lens to allow near and far focus. Sorry but as part of the aging process, this function is lost. So radial keratotomy or laser treatment will not do this for you. ...Read more

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Could radial keratotomy be done again to correct "middle aged eyes" after 15 years?

Could radial keratotomy be done again to correct "middle aged eyes" after 15 years?

Not likely: While RK is still done on rare occasions, it cannot be used to treat presbyopia, the normal loss of focusing for up-close that occurs with getting older. ...Read more

Dr. Boris Aronzon Dr. Aronzon
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Pre- surgery physical therapy sometimes helps with faster recovery. ...See more

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Can i perform my own radial keratotomy?

Can i perform my own radial keratotomy?

Yikes: You could numb your eye with medication so you could do this painlessly. But you have no ability to control the cutting instrument on yourself. The likelihood is that you would slice open your eye and need emergency surgery. Do not do this at home. Anyway, lasik has totally replaced radial keratotomy as a more predictable and safer therapy. ...Read more

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Is radial keratotomy a very common procedure?

Is radial keratotomy a very common procedure?

Not any more: Rk or radial keratotomy was once very popular as a refractive surgery about 25-30 years ago, but there have been safety concerns due to the very deep incisions needed in the cornea. Laser procedures such as lasik, lasek and prk or photorefractive keratectomy have mainly replaced rk. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Long Dr. Long
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Lasik surgery (radial keratotomy) (Tip)

Be aware that there are specialists in all areas these days. This applies to rehabilitation from surgery or injuries as well. I would advise you to seek out the experts and then let their advice become your routine. Time and space separate you from whatever initiated the damage. Focus on what you have and then go from there. Some of us will pass through life without splitting a toenail. Most of the rest of us are not so lucky. ...See more

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Is there any pain involved in a radial keratotomy?

Mild discomfort: Radial keratotomy is an older form of vision correction surgery that is rarely performed today. It involves making tiny incisions into the cornea in order to change its shape. While the procedure itself is painless, it is not uncommon for people to feel a "scratchy" sensation for a day or so after the procedure. Artificial tears can decrease the discomfort. Speak to a doctor about lasik/prk. ...Read more

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Can overcorrection by radial keratotomy be treated?

Can overcorrection by radial keratotomy be treated?

Yes: The common way is to use glasses or contact lenses. Laser vision correction can also work. See your ophthalmologist to discuss the various options with you. ...Read more

Dr. David Brouwer Dr. Brouwer
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Lasik surgery (radial keratotomy) (Tip)

When can pt start after surgery/injury? How many weeks are helpful? Does pt fax progress note to doc. ...See more

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Where is a radial keratotomy usually done? At a hospital?

In the office: Rk is an old treatment for nearsightedness (myopia) that is rarely performed today. It has been replaced by lasik and prk, both of which are more precise and safer. All three procedures are normally performed in an office setting, and take only a few minutes to perform. ...Read more

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Looking for a specialist in cateract removal on post radial keratotomy pt ?

Cornea specialist: For cataract extraction after radial keratomtomy, i would recommend seeing a corneal specialist. There are many issues to consider at the time of surgery and you want someone who can handle anything that mag arise. ...Read more

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