RK was performed in the 70-90’s and many patients now require glasses or special contact lenses to see clearly.
Before the days of LASIK vision correction, Radial keratotomy (RK) was the miracle surgery that allowed the blind to see without glasses. Unfortunately, there were no data that tested the long-term results of RK. Many patient had great vision after the surgery, but their eyes slowly worsened year after year. RK is no longer performed because results are unpredictable and LASIK allows for much safer and precise correction.
Some RK patients see fine without glasses, several decades after the surgery, but many require glasses. There is a small percent of patients that cannot even see with glasses and experience drastic changes to their vision throughout each day. This is due to the high degree of corneal irregularity from post-RK scars.
The only way to treat corneal irregularity is to cover it with a scleral lens. A scleral contact lens contains saline that fills in the gaps covering the cornea and restores a smooth surface to the eye surface. These special lenses are as comfortable as soft contact lenses and provide clearer vision than glasses or any other type of contact lens.
Schedule your contact lens evaluation today to see the difference a Scleral lens could make in your vision!