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Conductive Keratoplasty (CK)

There's a new sheriff in town - CK or Conductive Keratoplasty. Using radiofrequency, CK treats patients with hyperopia (farsightedness) or presbyopia. Sadly, those with myopia (nearsightedness) or those under the age of 40 aren't candidates. It's for those people who use reading glasses or who have good distance vision. Baby boomers: we're talking to you.

Candidates for CK

As we said, Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) is for people whose vision is deteriorating due to age (presbyopia) or who have had issues with farsightedness (hyperopia). Good candidates will have healthy, stable eyes, and no physical conditions, such as pregnancy, diabetes, an autoimmune disease or a pacemaker.

Conductive Keratoplasty: Pre-Op

Much of the pre-op for Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) will be to determine whether you are a good candidate. This will entail an eye examination and a medical history workup.

The surgeon will also make a topographical map of your cornea.

Conductive Keratoplasty: The Procedure

CK surgery is usually performed in the surgeon's office. The doctor will use eye drops to numb the eye and then keep the patient's eye open using a speculum. Once the eye is secure, the doctor will mark a circular treatment pattern on the eye using wash away dye. This pattern is determined during the pre-op visit and each spot marks a point where radiofrequency energy is applied.

A tiny probe, smaller than a human hair, releases the radiofrequency energy. Once the radiofrequency is applied the circular pattern will create a band around the cornea increasing the curvature.

The whole process takes only a few seconds for each eye and both eyes can be done in one visit.

Someone must drive you home.

Conductive Keratoplasty: Post-op

There shouldn't be much in the way of pain, other than the feeling of an eyelash under your eyelid. This should only last for the first day and can be treated with pain medication if necessary. Your doctor will prescribe antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops as well.

While immediate improvement in your vision is noticeable, it usually takes several weeks after having Conductive Keratoplasty for your eyes to reach full potential.
As your eyes age, there may be a little backsliding and it is possible that retreatment will be necessary.

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