Conductive keratoplasty is a refractive eye surgery without laser correction. It is designed to correct mild hyperopia that may cause people to use reading glasses. Having mild hyperopia is part of the natural ageing process, and this minor surgery can help.
You’ll have this surgery on an outpatient basis, and it starts with a consultation with your ophthalmologist. Once you decide that this is the correct surgery option for you, you’ll set up an appointment to have the surgery.
This CK eye surgery works by your eye doctor using a hand-held instrument that houses a tiny probe that’s smaller than a human hair. This probe applies constant low-level radio frequency energy. The surgeon focuses on specific spots to form a circular pattern around the outer edges of your cornea.
This radio frequency energy will slowly shrink the connective tissue inside your corneas in these targeted areas. This band of connective tissue acts like a belt that slowly tightens your cornea and steepens the overall angle. This angle change directly affects how light rays enter your eye. In turn, this brings your near vision back into sharper focus.
Before the conductive keratoplasty surgery, your ophthalmologist will apply numbing drops to your eye, so you don’t feel anything during the procedure. You might also get a mild sedative because you’re awake throughout the procedure. At the end of the procedure, you might notice very slight discomfort. However, this is usually very slight, and it goes away on its own in a day or two after your surgical procedure.
Right after the procedure, you will most likely notice an immediate improvement in your new vision. A lot of the blurriness should disappear, and it should be easier to focus. After a few weeks, your eyes should be completely healed. You should now be able to see clearly without the use of reading glasses.
You should note that the correction effects with this CK eye surgery are intended to be long-lasting. However, conductive keratoplasty isn’t a permanent fix, but it should give you lasting intermediate vision. You will most likely need to use reading glasses eventually, but this shouldn’t be for years after the procedure.
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