Conductive Keratoplasty (CK)
Eliminate your need for reading glasses
- You could reduce your dependence on reading glasses – those unwelcome reminders that age is catching up with you?
- You could enjoy your morning paper without squinting?
- You could read a menu without difficulty?
- You could work on the computer without headaches?
- There was a vision correction procedure that did not involve cutting or a laser?
We’d like to introduce you to CK – a vision procedure that can help decrease your dependence on glasses and restore your near vision. CK has received FDA approval for treatment of both presbyopia and mild farsightedness. It is best suited for those who had good vision until they reached their forties. After a thorough eye exam you and your eye doctor can determine if CK is an option for you.
A Treatment for Presbyopia
Presbyopia is that gradual loss of near vision which begins for all of us during or after our 40s. It happens even for those with 20/20 vision. The eyes become less able to switch focus to near objects. Distance vision remains clear although as the years pass, intermediate vision will start to become hazy, and eventually distance vision will also. For other presbyopia treatments, please see Presbyopia Surgical Reversal and Presbyopia Traditional Correction.
CK uses a controlled release of radiofrequency energy to reshape the cornea. Because it does not involve cutting or lasers, it can be conveniently performed in an office setting or refractive surgery suite using only eyedrop anesthesia. It is safe, minimally invasive and convenient.
The CK procedure takes only a few minutes and is virtually painless. A topical anesthetic eye drop is applied to the eye, and then your eye surgeon marks the intended treatment spots in a ring pattern on the cornea.
Using a tiny probe thinner than a human hair, the surgeon applies radio waves in a circular pattern to shrink small areas of corneal tissue. This creates a constrictive band of tissue like a tightening belt around the corneal periphery. The contraction of the periphery makes the central corneal curve steeper, increasing its focusing power.
Being steeper, the cornea will now be able to bend incoming light more sharply. This compensates for the decreased focusing power of the lens and enables images of near objects to focus clearly on the retina.
During the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery, you may experience tearing and some discomfort like a foreign-object sensation in the eyes. Your eye surgeon will give you printed instructions for how to care for yourself after CK.
Most people find that their need for contact lenses or reading glasses is virtually eliminated. Many see improvement in their near vision immediately although it may take a few weeks to several months for final results.
To find a qualified CK surgeon in your area, please contact us today.