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April 1982

Radial Keratotomy: A Retrospective Study of Cases Observed at the Kresge Eye Institute for Six Months

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University, Detroit.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(4):578-580. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030030580004

• The conclusions after the review of 25 eyes six months following radial keratotomy are as follows: (1) The improvement in uncorrected visual acuity is dependent on multiple variables that substantially alter the results achieved. The degree to which each of these variables influences the outcome has yet to be determined; however, radial keratotomy does reduce myopia. (2) The time required for stabilization of the corneal curvature was about three months, although gradual reduction in the correction achieved occurred in a few cases between three and six months. (3) Postoperative glare at night and/or fluctuating vision was an important complaint in over one third of the patients. (4) Proper patient selection and informed consent are essential. The possibility of getting rid of glasses is not likely except for the patient with less than 3 to 4 diopters of myopia. Most patients who underwent the procedure were pleased with the improvement in unaided visual acuity, although it may have been less than they expected.

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