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If you’ve had trouble clearly seeing objects that aren’t close to your face, you might be suffering from a fairly common vision condition known as nearsightedness. In some cases, this condition might develop gradually, setting in over time. Other instances of this condition can come on rapidly, but in most cases it has a tendency to be passed down through genes.

At Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology, we offer radial keratotomy, a treatment designed to correct nearsightedness in eyes that are otherwise healthy, restoring your full vision and allowing you to once again enjoy a full quality of life. Reach out and set up an in-person consultation, to learn about whether or not this procedure is right for you.

How Do I Know I’m Nearsighted?

Nearsightedness, like many other vision issues, can be present in a person from childhood, or it can come on gradually, presenting itself with age. These are a few of the most common symptoms that tend to come along with the onset of nearsightedness:

  • Blurred vision, especially when viewing objects that are far
  • Needing to squint your eyes in order to see properly
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Trouble seeing precise details
  • Headaches caused by excessively straining your eyes to see
Woman trying on glasses to help with her nearsightedness in Beverly Hills.

How Is Nearsightedness Corrected?

Radial keratotomy (RK) is an elective procedure that is done to correct nearsightedness in otherwise healthy eyes. It involves making tiny cuts in the cornea, which flatten it and reduce nearsightedness.

In people who have both astigmatism and nearsightedness, the surgeon may make additional cuts to flatten the misshapen part of the cornea that is causing the astigmatism. Because laser surgeries have become more common than surgeries that involve cutting (incisions), RK is not done very often.

Good candidates for RK have normal, healthy eyes with stable, mild-to-moderate nearsightedness (up to about 3 diopters) that is not getting worse with time. RK may also correct some amount of astigmatism.

Because the outcome of surgery on the first eye may affect how surgery is done on the second eye, many surgeons wait 6 weeks before treating the second eye. This delay also reduces the risk of spreading a corneal infection to the second eye. While waiting for the second procedure, you are usually fitted with a contact lens for the eye that is still nearsighted, since wearing two very different eyeglass prescriptions causes distorted vision.

PRK, LASEK, epi-LASIK, and LASIK surgery have replaced radial keratotomy as the refractive surgeries chosen by most people.

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