refractive keratotomy


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re·frac·tive ker·a·tot·o·my

modification of corneal curvature by means of corneal incisions to minimize hyperopia, myopia, or astigmatism.

refractive keratotomy

n.
Surgical modification of corneal curvature by incising the cornea to minimize hyperopia, myopia, or astigmatism.

re·frac·tive ker·a·tot·o·my

(rē-frak'tiv ker'ă-tot'ŏ-mē)
Modification of corneal curvature by means of corneal incisions to minimize hyperopia, myopia, or astigmatism. In this type of radial keratotomy surgery, performed by excimer laser, wedge-shaped pieces of cornea are removed under local anesthetic. The resulting scar tissue formation reshapes the cornea.