To the Editor.
—I read with interest the article "Cataract Following Radial Keratotomy" by Gelender and Gelber1 in the August Archives. One must wonder how their patient feels about having to wear soft contact lenses (not to mention his loss of accommodative ability) after undergoing an operation designed to eliminate the need for corrective lenses in the first place. He could have been fit with soft lenses, probably on an extended wear basis, and avoided the bother and expense of three major eye operations. He would have been better off than he is now.To my recollection, radial keratotomy (RK) was introduced into this country as an attempt to eliminate the need for eyeglasses in those people who had an occupational requirement for good uncorrected vision or who proved to be unsuccessful at wearing contact lenses. The number of RKs performed would seem to be far in excess of
Neil T. Choplin. Radial Keratotomy. Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(3):358. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030278016