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July 1985

Prospective Evaluation of Radial Keratotomy (PERK) Study Patients

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Los Angeles

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(7):890. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050070016007

To the Editor.  —In the November 1984 issue of the Archives, Binder,1 in describing the patients who participated in the Prospective Evaluation of Radial Keratotomy (PERK) Study, states that "Although the majority of candidates wish an improvement in uncorrected acuity to obtain career goals, many persons just wish to stop wearing glasses or contact lenses." This statement is incorrect.As presented in Table 3 in our article about the psychosocial characteristics of PERK patients,2 65% said that the "single, most important reason" for having surgery was so that they would "not be dependent on eyeglasses or contact lenses." Only 6% cited occupation as the major reason for surgery. "According to 58% of the men and 73% of the women, the most important reason for having surgery is 'not to be dependent on lenses.' " Again, in summary, we state that "PERK patients are active uppermiddle class, younger whites who

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