8901 W Golf Rd , Ste 300, Des Plaines IL 60016

Keratotomy Treatment in Des Plaines, IL

Keratotomy in Des Plaines, IL

Astigmatism is an eye health condition in which the cornea or lens is not curved enough for healthy vision. This is also known as a refractive error, and leads to blurry vision among many other symptoms. Thankfully, astigmatism can be treated through the procedure known as keratotomy. Keratotomy corrects the curvature of the cornea to reduce, mitigate or eliminate the symptoms of astigmatism.

Request more information about keratotomy today: Call (847) 824-3127 or contact The Midwest Center for Sight online.

What is Keratotomy?

Keratotomy, sometimes known as astigmatic keratotomy, is a refractive eye surgery. It's a procedure used to correct conditions that affect the refraction of light in the eye.

In a healthy eye, light enters at the lens, is refracted through the cornea and directed to the back of the eye. The result: a clear image.

When a refractive error, such as astigmatism is present, this processes is disrupted. Instead, light is refracted to the top or bottom of the eye. This leads to symptoms such as:

  • Blurry vision
  • Distorted vision
  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches

Keratotomy is a surgical procedure designed to correct this problem. Keratotomy is available as both a laser surgery and a traditional one.

Astigmatic keratotomy is available in two primary forms: radial keratotomy (RK) and photorefractive keratotomy (PRK).

Radial Keratotomy

Radial keratotomy uses traditional surgical incisions and methods. The procedure reshapes the cornea in order to restore refraction and combat astigmatism symptoms.

During radial keratotomy:

  • Topical anesthesia is applied directly to the eye.
  • One or two small incisions are made directly in to the cornea.
  • The cornea, misshapen due to astigmatism, relaxes and takes the desired shape.
  • After the procedure, vision typically improves over a few weeks.

Radial keratotomy is performed as an outpatient procedure and generally takes between 10-15 minutes from start to completion. For most people, this procedure is performed on both eyes at the same time.

Photorefractive Keratotomy

Photorefractive keratotomy is a procedure that achieves the same desired result — a rounded cornea and light refraction — through the use of lasers. Unlike radial keratotomy, the photorefractive treatment features no incisions.

During photorefractive keratotomy:

  • Topical anesthesia is applied directly to the eye.
  • A special ultraviolet laser targets and reshapes the cornea.
  • After the procedure, vision typically improves over a few weeks.

Much like radial keratotomy, photorefractive keratotomy is an outpatient procedure. PRK is also useful in reducing dependency on glasses and contacts by treating nearsightedness or farsightedness.

Request Keratotomy Information Now

Both RK and PRK are generally believed to be effective procedures for treating astigmatism and reshaping the cornea. Which treatment is best depends on the individual needs of the patient, although photorefractive keratotomy is becoming more common.

Request more information about astigmatism treatment today: Call (847) 824-3127 or contact The Midwest Center for Sight online.

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8901 W Golf Rd
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