Keratotomy, radial
An eye surgery procedure designed to flatten the cornea, reducing its optical power, to correct nearsightedness (myopia). In the procedure, incisions (cuts) are made in the cornea. The procedure is said to be radial because the incisions resemble the spokes in a bicycle wheel.

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  • Keratotomy — A surgical incision (a cut) made into the cornea. A radial keratotomy is a surgical procedure designed to flatten the cornea, reduce its optical power, and correct nearsightedness (myopia). The procedure is called a radial keratotomy because the… …   Medical dictionary

  • keratotomy — n. an incision into the cornea. See: arcuate keratotomy, radial keratotomy …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Radial keratotomy — (RK) is a refractive surgical procedure to correct myopia. Discovery The procedure was discovered by accident by Svyatoslav Fyodorov who removed glass from the eye of one of his patients who had been in an accident. A boy, who wore eyeglasses,… …   Wikipedia

  • radial keratotomy — n. a surgical operation for correcting nearsightedness in which a series of minute, shallow incisions in a radial pattern are made in the cornea …   English World dictionary

  • Keratotomy — is a type of refractive surgical procedure and can refer to: * Radial keratotomy * Photorefractive keratotomy …   Wikipedia

  • Radial keratotomy — An eye surgery procedure designed to flatten the cornea, reducing its optical power, to correct nearsightedness (myopia). In the procedure, incisions (cuts) are made in the cornea. The procedure is said to be radial because the incisions resemble …   Medical dictionary

  • radial keratotomy — Ophthalm. a surgical technique for correcting nearsightedness by making a series of spokelike incisions in the cornea to change its shape and focusing properties. [1975 80; KERATO + TOMY] * * * ▪ surgical procedure       surgical procedure to… …   Universalium

  • radial keratotomy — noun Date: 1980 a surgical operation on the cornea for the correction of myopia that involves flattening it by making a series of incisions in a radial pattern resembling the spokes of a wheel compare photorefractive keratotomy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • radial keratotomy — noun radial pattern of incisions in the cornea that cause the cornea to bulge; performed to correct myopia • Hypernyms: ↑keratotomy …   Useful english dictionary

  • Radial — In skeletal anatomy, radial refers to the radius, the smaller of the two bones on the thumb side of the forearm. (The bigger bone in the forearm is the ulna). In ophthalmology, a radial keratotomy is a procedure in which incisions (cuts) are made …   Medical dictionary

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