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REFRACTIVE KERATOTOMY

Modification of corneal curvature by means of corneal incisions to minimise hyperopia, myopia, or astigmatism.In this type of radial keratotomy surgery, performed by excimer laser, pie-shaped pieces of cornea are removed under local anaesthetic. The resulting scar tissue formation reshapes the cornea. This class of surgery is somewhat unpredictable, and its long-term effects are still unknown.
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