In the Prospective Evaluation of Radial Keratotomy (PERK) Study, 793 eyes of 435 patients with 2 to 8 diopters (D) of myopia received a standardized surgery consisting of 8 incisions with a diamond-bladed knife set at 100% of the thinnest paracentral ultrasonic corneal thickness measurement and a diameter of the clear zone of 3.0 to 4.5 mm; 97 eyes (12%) received an additional 8 incisions. There were 757 eyes (95%) followed for 3 to 6.3 years. After surgery, uncorrected visual acuity was 20/40 or better in 88% of eyes. The refractive error was within 1 D of emmetropia for 64% of eyes; 19% were myopic and 17% were hyperopic by more than 1 D. Between 6 months and 5 years after surgery, 22% of the eyes had a refractive change of 1 D or more in the hyperopic direction. For 25 eyes (3%) there was a loss of 2 or more lines of best spectacle-corrected visual acuity.
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