Cataract surgery on post radial keratotomy patients

Alessandro Meduri, Mario Urso, Giuseppe A. Signorino, Miguel Rechichi, Cosimo Mazzotta, Stephen Kaufman

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● This study aims to evaluate and to compare three different approaches of cataract surgery to patients with previous radial keratotomy (RK), and to analyze the mechanical properties of the cornea after cataract surgery. Three groups of patients, each one including 8 eyes of patients with 16 RK incisions. The first group includes eyes with the first cataract incision superiorly, the second group in the temporal area, the third group in temporal area and a precautionary stabilizing suture across the RK incision adjacent to the main tunnel. In the first group intraoperative dehiscence occurred in three eyes (37.5%): it required immediate application of a suture. In the second group dehiscence occurred intraoperatively in two radial scars (20%): it required immediate application of a suture. In the third group, no intraoperative dehiscences were observed. The stabilizing suture of the RK incision works safer, with a lower risk of dehiscences and less postoperative astigmatism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1168-1170
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 18 2017

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  • Cataract
  • Radial keratotomy
  • Scar dehiscence


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