Radial Keratotomy Incisions Bursted During Cataract Surgery. Patient 20/25 with GVR Scleral Lens

This eye underwent Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgery in the 1980's. Last year cataract surgery was done on this eye. During the cataract surgery, the open RK incision extending downward vertically from 12:00 O'Clock burst open requiring suturing in this part of the cornea. This photo shows the open RK incisions extending from the edge of the cornea toward the center. Note the scarring and blood vessel growth at the top of the photo. When this patient was seen in our office, this eye was very red and painful. In addition, the cornea is very distorted and irregular. This eye was fit with a scleral lens which is providing the patient with 20/25 vision without any distortions. To patients unfamiliar with refractive surgery complications, just know that the people who brought you Radial Keratotomy surgery are the same people who are bringing you LASIK, PRK, SMILE, CK, ALK and so on. Unnecessary elective surgeries done today may create untold havoc many years down the road. This eye is protected by the scleral lens and is no longer painful