Radial Keratotomy: Patient Photos

Patient Photo This photograph demonstrates the location and symmetry of the incisions following an 8-cut radial keratotomy. The incisions in this patient are more visible than usual due to a more aggressive healing response.


Patient Photo This photograph is a close-up of the photo above. Note that the incisions in radial keratotomy come close to the center of the vision, but are not placed directly in the center of the cornea. The size of the central cornea that is not cut is determined by the degree of near-sightedness. Larger corrections for high degrees of near-sightedness require the incisions to come closer to the center of the vision.


Patient Photo This photograph is of a person who underwent an 8-cut radial keratotomy surgery. The person received eyedrops prior to this picture which have made the pupil much larger than normal. This photographic technique provides a greater contrast and makes it easier to see the radial keratotomy incisions.


Patient Photo This photo is of a person who underwent a 4-cut radial keratotomy surgery 3 months prior to this photograph. Before surgery this person had -3.00 diopters of near-sightedness and at the time of this photograph the vision was corrected to 20/20 without glasses. The incisions in this picture are more difficult to see than in the prior photos and represent a more typical appearance.


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