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Conductive Keratoplasty (CK)

Do you find yourself squinting at the menu? Holding the newspaper at arm's length to read it? You are not alone. Millions of people over age 40 find it difficult to see near without reading glasses. As part of the normal aging process, all of us lose the ability to focus on near objects, a condition termed presbyopia. Conductive Keratoplasty, an FDA-approved minor surgical procedure, has improved near vision for thousands of people with presbyopia.

How Does It Work?

Our surgeon uses a hand-held instrument with a tiny probe (smaller than a human hair) to apply low-level, extremely accurate pulses of radio frequency (RF) energy to specific spots on thecornea. Placed in a circular pattern, this causes the connective tissue to shrink, producing a constrictive belt-like band that “tightens” and steepens the cornea. This gentle reshaping of the eye's surface brings near vision back into focus.

Minimally invasive and painless, CK is performed in less than three minutes in our office with only eye drop anesthesia.

Advantages

  • Fast, in-office procedure
  • No cutting or removing of tissue
  • Painless
  • Immediate improvement in near vision
  • Complete visual recovery in a few weeks
  • Return to normal activity the very next day

CK Technology

Radio frequency technology has been used in medicine for decades and is routinely used in other procedures such as orthopedic surgery and cardiovascular procedures.

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