A new and still experimental procedure, radial keratotomy, is currently being performed in an attempt to eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses in myopes. Caution must be exercised to prevent the proliferation of this operation before its efficacy and safety are established by careful studies in this country. The statement made by a group of corneal specialists who recently met in Atlanta represents a reasonable position at this time.
Fourteen ophthalmologists, 13 of whom are full-time university professors, participated in a workshop on the use of radial keratotomy to treat myopia sponsored by Emory University, Atlanta, March 15,1980. Six additional full-time university professors who were unable to attend the workshop participated in writing the statements that follow. After discussing the indications for such an operation, the procedure itself, the experimental animal work being done, the clinical results, and the socioeconomic implications, the participants agreed on the following conclusions.