Learn About The CK (Conductive Keratoplasty) Procedure Here
What is Conductive Keratoplasty?
Conductive Keratoplasty, or CK, is an alternative to typical laser surgeries for people who are over forty and have hyperopia, astigmatism, or presbyopia. Developed by Refractec, the process received FDA approval for reduction of hyperopia and in March 2004 received first and FDA approval for vision technology that improves presbyopia.
Conductive Keratoplasty Process
Conductive Keratoplasty uses heat from radio frequency wave instead of a laser to shrink the collagen fibers in order to steepen the cornea. After anesthetic drops have been applied and have taken affect, a probe with a special tip that transfers radio frequencies is used to administer eight to thirty-two uniform treatment spots around the periphery area of the cornea. In Refractec's NearVision CK, a foot pedal is used to transmit the radio frequency energy. The heat from the radio frequency is designed to shrink the collagen of the area and cause the cornea to steepen to a very high degree. Less regression is expected due to the uniform delivery of heat and deep shrinkage of collagen.
Before CK Treatment
we use our eyes to see something up close, it
flexes the lens to create a focal point to use
as reference for the object being seen or read.
As a result of aging, the lens loses its elasticity
and the focal point shifts to behind the retina
rather than its normal placement at the rear of
the eye. The common condition Presbyopia can be easily corrected
with the CK treatment.
After CK Treatment
the CK treatment, the eye's focal point has returned
to its normal state after the cornea has been reshaped.
Vision of closer objects such as books and magazines
is clear and vibrant.
CK, now with new LightTouch, which takes less
than three minutes, is done in-office. Topical
anesthesia is applied to numb the eye and ensure
a painless procedure.
- A circular treatment pattern is imprinted on the cornea
using rinse-away ink to guide the doctor's treatment.
a probe thinner than a
strand of human hair, radio
waves are applied in a
circular pattern to shrink
small areas of collagen
in the cornea.
circular treatment pattern acts like a belt tightening
around the cornea, steepening the cornea, increasing
Radio Frequency (RF) Technology
is one of today's most advanced surgical technologies.
In addition to its use in CK; RF technology is being
used in prostate cancer therapy, back surgery, even
Is the CK (Conductive Keratoplasty) procedure right for you?
Call the Lerner Eye Center today at 888-820-9600 or email us here to make an appointment or request more information.
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