Radial keratotomy (RK) is a surgical procedure that was previously performed to decrease myopia (nearsightedness). Using a precise diamond blade, the surgeon would make small incisions at specific depths around the cornea. The number and depth of each incision are determined by how severe the myopia was. Unfortunately, most patients who have had RK surgery will experience vision changes at some point in their lifetime. RK patients who experience minor vision changes will need spectacles or normal contact lenses. For those who suffer from ectasia (thinning of the corneal tissue) and distortion, rigid contact lenses may be necessary improve your vision.

Complications

  • Irregular astigmatism
  • Distorted vision
  • Double vision
  • Corneal distortion
  • Corneal scarring
  • Vision loss
  • Dry eye disease

Rigid contact lenses are a great option to correct to distorted vision in post-RK eyes. In the most extreme cases of corneal distortion and scarring post-RK, corneal transplants will be necessary to restore clear vision.

If you have questions about radial keratotomy and contact lenses, please call or text our office at (214) 739-8611 today!