Is there something they will give me for anxiety when I'm doing a radial keratotomy?

Yes, but. Patients may be given an oral sedative (valium, xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, etc.) either just before or immediately after corneal refractive surgery. I am more concerned as to whether you meant photorefractive keratomileusis (prk) which is performed by laser, rather than radial keratotomy (rk) - an older treatment using a blade. Rk is usually not performed anymore since prk and lasik are safer.
Yes. Often we can give a short acting anti anxiety medication such as lorazapam, xanax, (alprazolam) or Ativan to calm patients for refractive surgery. Be sure to tell your surgeon of all medications that you are taking, and we can avoid any potential interactions.

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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...
No. Rk was performed before laser refractive surgery was available. Although it was effective in a lot of people, the results were quite variable and over time many patients noted major changes in their prescriptions. Laser procedures are far more accurate, and treat the upper 10% of the cornea, rather than the nearly full thickness of it. Read more...

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...
No. No. Although rk preceded lasik is was a surgery performed by a blade and not by a laser. It was not as precise and long term stability of prescription was poor. Read more...

Can overcorrection from radial keratotomy be treated by lasik?

Possibly. Lasik, and prk are both methods that may be used to treat over-correction from rk. That does not mean that every rk patient can take advantage of these treatments. Have an evaluation with a lasik surgeon to see what can work for you. Depending on your age, you may also be able to take advantage of a lens-based procedure. Read more...
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...
PRK. I do not recommend lasik after rk surgery because of an increased risk of complications. You can consider prk or surface laser though. Read more...

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...

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

See below. I have done a number of cataract surgeries on post-refractive surgery patients. The surgery itself is no more complicated but visual outcomes are far more variable. It is quite possible that if your goal is to have better uncorrected vision, an additional procedure may be necessary after cataract removal. Cat. Read more...
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...

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...

How long does the radial keratotomy take?

Quick. The actual surgery is very fast, often taking less than 5 minutes. However the measurements of the cornea to accurately perform radial keratotomy (rk) should take some time, up to 20-30 minutes to check corneal shape and thickness at various points on the eye surface. Rk has fallen out of favor and has been replaced in most cases with prk using the laser, or lasik. Read more...

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...

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...