Radial Keratotomy Produces Dry, Irregular Cornea, now 20/20 Each Eye with GVR Scleral Lens

This is a photo of our student extern David Yoo with a patient who visited our office from Guatemala. In the 1980's this patient underwent Radial Keratotomy (RK) eye surgery which created a very distorted, irregular and dry corneal surface. In addition, both corneas have large, deep open incisions which never healed. When this patient first came to visit us, her best corrected visual acuity was very poor. We provided this patient with GVR Scleral lenses which are now allowing her to see close to 20/20 in each eye. However, this patient's open incisions will require us to make ongoing lens changes over the next few months to improve the quality of her vision and her comfort. Almost all patients who underwent RK surgery have open incisions which expose the corneal sensory nerves to the environment. The GVR Scleral lenses will protect the compromised cornea and help to promote healing.