Radial Keratotomy

Radial keratotomy was a procedure that was initiated by Dr. Fyodorov in Russia in the 70s. It was popular in the 80s as a treatment for myopia (near-sightedness) and involved making deep cuts in the cornea to flatten the centre of the cornea.

For many people it worked initially, but continued to deteriorate over time. These patients often became long-sighted – needing glasses both for distance and near, which continued to change.

We would not endorse this procedure, as there are now more effective treatment options such as Lasik and ASLA. We would like to recommend an eye review for people who have had radial keratotomy as they will need specialised help to maintain their vision.

Dr Chandra Bala