Radial keratotomy (RK) is a refractive surgical procedure to correct myopia and astigmatism very popular in the '80s and '90s. and as per your query, you have done RK in the year 1995. Radial keratotomy (RK) makes many openings continuing from the pupil to the edge of the cornea in a radial pattern. Later, it was slowly withdrawn as more flexible and new surgeries such as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses (LASIK) and Laser corneoplastique were introduced. The main problem of RK patients was the development of cataracts as they age and to carry out cataract surgery on a patient after RK is challenging to the doctor.
Earlier it was said that it is difficult to have a correction made to a patient wit RK done but with the advance in science and ophthalmology. Excellent vision in the eyes is possible using refraction-based and laser corneoplastique.
i) LASIK is a much-sorted approach but it may cause more problems than it solves, and could further destabilize the cornea.
ii) Laser corneoplastique is similar to conceptual photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) surgery but an advanced form of surface laser surgery that involves manual epithelium removal helps the cornea heal and decreases surface unevenness.
Laser corneoplastique is a safe, effective and predictable technique to correct refractive errors in post-RK eyes. It decreases fluctuations, improves anterior corneal smoothness and shape, which, in turn, makes the RK cuts (no matter the number) less relevant visually.
Some of the safety measures that you need to take care of your eyes are:
1. Take small and regular breaks from the computer. Take a break in every 1 or 2 hours.
2. Follow some eye exercise as it will strengthen the eye muscles, like :
- Sit in a straight position, look to a distant object and focus at it for 15-20 seconds and then close your eyes.
- Rub your palm together and place it on your eyes. It relaxes the eye muscles.
- Roll your eye, up-down, left-right and even in a circle.
- Place your finger in front of your eye, focus on that finger, bring the finger close to your forehead center. Do this for 5 to 10 times.
3. Drink plenty of water.
4. Slash cold water on your eye as it helps relax the tired eye muscles.
5. Try to get up early and have a bare-foot walk on the grass before sunrise. The dewdrops on the grass helps to relax the eye and also gives a soothing effect to your eyes.
Lastly, visit good eye hospitals/ ophthalmologists and have a second opinion. You will be able to get better solutions and select the best.
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