Radial keratotomy is a recent surgical technique designed to reduce and/or eliminate myopic refractive error by altering the corneal curvature. Since being introduced to the United States in the late seventies, this procedure has received much attention in the medical literature where there is considerable debate concerning the long and short term efficacy, predictability, and safety. Some of this literature is reviewed in this paper. The aspects that are investigated are the history, surgical technique, results, and postsurgical complications.
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