Psychosocial Characteristics of Candidates for the Prospective Evaluation of Radial Keratotomy (PERK) Study.

Published in: Archives of Ophthalmology, v. 102, no. 8, Aug. 1984, p. 1187-1192

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1983

by Linda B. Bourque, Randi S. Rubenstein, Beverly J. Cosand, George O. Waring III, Steven Moffitt, Henry Gelender, Peter R. Laibson, Richard L Lindstrom, Marguerite B. McDonald, William D. Myers, Stephen A Obstbaum, James Rowsey, David J. Schanzlin

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The National Eye Institute Prospective Evaluation of Radial Keratotomy (PERK) Study is a multicenter clinical trial for the evaluation of radial keratotomy. This article describes the questionnaire data collected on PERK patients and compares them with a similar group of myopic persons studied during the Rand Health Insurance Experiment (heretofore referred to as the Rand study). The PERK patients are young, white myopes who dislike being dependent on corrective lenses but perceive themselves to be more visually impaired than do comparable Rand study myopes. Most female subjects and a plurality of the male subjects have tried contact lenses and quit wearing them mainly because use of the lenses was inconvenient or bothersome. There is no evidence that patients are psychologically or socially deviant. Both male and female subjects expressed a fear of being without vision and cited impatience with the lenses as their major motivation for wanting surgery.

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