With the advent of modern laser vision correction techniques, Radial Keratotomy has become somewhat obsolete. It is similar to the modern LASIK, however it uses no lasers, only blades. In the past, ophthalmologists have used this operation to correct astigmatism and short sightedness, however some people have found they still need to wear glasses or contact lenses after the operation.
Who should have Radial Keratotomy?
Even though the results are sometimes not as good as would be expected from the laser procedures, you may wish to have this operation if you don’t like the idea of laser beams cutting away part of your cornea. You are eligible for this procedure if you are in good health and over 21 years old and have mild short sightedness. It is important that you realise that you may still be required to wear corrective eyewear following the procedure. If you suffer from any eye conditions or certain diseases you may be unsuitable for this procedure.
How is Radial Keratotomy surgery performed?
The Radial Keratotomy operation is performed a lot like the LASIK procedure, including stages when you eyelid is opened and anaesthesia is introduced into your eye. Once your eye has become immobilised the surgeon will begin to cut a number of concentric circles into your cornea with a very sharp blade. This allows the cornea to flatten, decreasing the refractive power of your eye, helping to correct your short sightedness.
Are there any risks with Radial Keratotomy?
There are many risks associated with any type of eye surgery. Even though the occurrence of complications and side effects are rare they may still occur. It is important that you understand why these occur and that they may happen to you, some of which are:
- Under correction or over correction
- Night time symptoms such as glare and starbursts
- Development of astigmatism
How much does Radial Keratotomy cost?
It is possible that following the operation you may need enhancement surgery to get the results you want. The cost of this type of surgery varies greatly between clinic, on average it can cost around £300-500 per eye.
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