refractive keratoplasty


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keratoplasty

 [ker´ah-to-plas″te]
optic keratoplasty transplantation of corneal material to replace scar tissue that interferes with vision.
refractive keratoplasty removal of a section of cornea from a patient or donor, which is shaped to the desired curvature and inserted either between layers of the recipient's cornea (keratophakia) or over the cornea (keratomileusis) in order to change the corneal curvature and correct optical errors.
tectonic keratoplasty transplantation of corneal material to replace tissue that has been lost.

re·frac·tive ker·a·to·plas·ty

any procedure in which the shape of the cornea is modified, with the intent of changing the refractive error of the eye; for example, if the cornea is flattened, the eye becomes less myopic. See: photorefractive keratectomy, keratophakia, lamellar keratoplasty, thermokeratoplasty, keratomileusis, radial keratotomy.

re·frac·tive ker·a·to·plas·ty

(rē-frak'tiv ker'ă-tō-plas-tē)
Any transplantation of corneal tissue to change refractive error; procedure rarely used.
See also: keratophakia, keratomileusis, radial keratotomy

refractive keratoplasty

Treatment of myopia or hyperopia by removing a portion of the cornea, freezing it in order to reshape it surgically to correct refractive error, and then replacing it after it has thawed.
See: keratomileusis
See also: keratoplasty