• Is it possible to have successful cataract surgery if you have had radial keratotomy?


    Question:

    Is it possible to have successful cataract surgery on patients who have had radial keratotomy (prior to LASIK being an option)?


    Answer:

    People who have had radial keratotomy (or RK, a refractive surgery similar to LASIK that is no longer done) can have very successful results after cataract surgery. However, radial keratotomy reshapes the cornea in ways that can continue to change over many years, and even from day to day, causing fluctuation of vision. This can make it more difficult to target a precise glasses prescription after surgery, and your glasses prescription may continue to change over time. Fortunately, most RK patients can achieve good vision with glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery.


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