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October 1991

Sudden Vision, The RK Procedure for Nearsightedness and Other Wonders of Modern Ophthalmology

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(10):1360. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080100040024

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Whether to undergo radial keratotomy is a question many myopes ask themselves. Sudden Vision, written by a patient, is for patients considering this question. The booklet assumes that the reader has little ophthalmic knowledge and starts by providing basic information about the anatomy of the eye, ophthalmic examinations, refractive errors, and the different myopias. The majority of the booklet is about radial keratotomy and why the reader should submit to the operation. There are chapters on the advantages of monocorrection, the final refraction that should be requested, what to expect during and after the operation, the chances of achieving uncorrected 20/20 vision, and the risks associated with the operation. Additionally, there are chapters on hyperopia, astigmatism, and the benefits of wearing glasses or contact lenses.

"... this booklet may not provide all the necessary details... because significant information on why not to have the operation is absent."

The strength of the

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