Dehiscence of a radial keratotomy incision during clear corneal cataract surgery

J Cataract Refract Surg. 1998 Feb;24(2):278-80. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(98)80211-3.


We report a case of dehiscence of a radial keratotomy (RK) incision caused by clear corneal cataract surgery. The patient had eight-incision RK in both eyes 9 months previously with enhancement surgery in the left eye 1 month later. Cataract surgery through a clear corneal incision was performed in the right eye and 1 month later, in the left. Surgery in the right eye was uneventful. However, during surgery in the left eye, dehiscence of one radial incision occurred. The wound dehiscence was closed with interrupted sutures, and the patient achieved 20/20, uncorrected visual acuity 1 week after surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cornea / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Keratotomy, Radial*
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular
  • Middle Aged
  • Phacoemulsification / adverse effects*
  • Surgical Wound Dehiscence / etiology*
  • Surgical Wound Dehiscence / surgery
  • Suture Techniques
  • Visual Acuity