Patients who have undergone RADIAL KERATOTOMY (RK) surgery for their vision can experience vision loss in a variety of ways. For some, overall reduced visual acuity is the problem, while others can deal with open wounds or actual damage to the eye.Dry eyes, eye pain and headaches can also occur. Reduced contrast sensitivity and reduced night vision are also potential problems. De-centered optic zones, corneal ectasia and vitreous floaters can also occur. Your doctor will have to examine your eye to see what the cause of the problem is before treating post-surgery vision loss.
Common Treatments Available
Unfortunately, there is not a cure for many of the problems that can happen post- RADIAL KERATOTOMY (RK) surgery. However, there are treatments that can help. Most involve using lenses to correct the vision problem created by the surgery.
Scleral lenses are generally the first option, but not always, every case is different. These large hard gas permeable lenses vault the cornea and rest directly on the white of the eye. This improves vision significantly and also ensures comfort. The lenses are filled with a special liquid that can promote healing of the corneal tissue.
The decision about which lens will work best must be made on an individual basis depending on the patient’s specific needs. The end result is better vision and improved overall healing, without the potential damage that soft lenses can cause after laser vision surgery.