Radial keratotomy

Ophthalmic Procedures
Labelled Diagram of the Eye

A radial keratotomy is a surgical procedure on the cornea of the eye.
This is implied by the term "radial keratotomy" because the part "kerato-" refers to the cornea, as is also true of other terms in this section (listed on the left), and the part "-otomy" usually indicates "cutting", "dividing", or "separating" the specified body-part, component, or type of tissue.

A radial keratotomy, is a surgical operation to treat short-sightedness (myopia). During this procedure, deep cuts called "incisions" are made into the tissue of the cornea of the eye. These cuts are made radially around the outer two-thirds of the cornea of the eye in order to flatten the curvature of the central part of the cornea. This procedure has been used for milder, rather than more severe cases of myopia. In many cases it is now being replaced by excimer laser treatment.

Patients can generally obtain information about this, and other procedures, from their ophthalmologist (ophthalmic surgeon).

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
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For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook) The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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