Conductive Keratoplasty CK LASIK Procedures

CK Lasik There are many forms of surgery involving application of lasers or heat energy to the cornea or eye's surface, including conductive keratoplasty (CK). Don't confuse CK with Calvin Klein, because the two are radically different...

The CK technique entails use of energy from radio frequencies to reshape the cornea or clear front of the eye. Much like modern refractive surgeries, CK has the ability to improve vision significantly in those with defined visual disturbances.

For years now surgeons have known that reshaping the corneal surface often results in better vision for patients with irregularly shaped corneas. Reshaping this clear surface can help those that are nearsighted or those with other conditions. CK is useful for patients with myopia or nearsightedness and uniquely beneficial for patients suffering from presbyopia.

Presbyopia: What It Is And How CK Helps
CK is one of the few techniques commonly used to help patient's with presbyopia. This condition generally develops as individual's age and presents with blurry or distorted vision when one tries to read.

Many consider presbyopia part of the normal aging process. It occurs most often as the eye loses elasticity (just like one's skin loses its elasticity as a person ages). Many people often also experience more difficulty focusing at multiple distances as they age. Studies suggest conductive keratoplasty is among the best treatments for patient's with presbyopia, especially those with mild forms of the disease.

Aside from treating patients with presbyopia, some studies suggest CK may also help those with farsightedness, or those that have difficulty with near vision. LASIK procedures, a form of laser corrective surgery, is better reserved for myopic or nearsighted patients who develop presbyopia later in life.

How CK Works
Conductive keratoplasty is similar to other laser treatments. Typically radio waves are transmitted through a device surgeon's place directly on the cornea. Each wave is placed so that precise spots are created, helping change the shape of the cornea (typically increasing how steep the cornea lies).

The CK procedure is relatively new. Thus, while surgeons have much information about the longer-term outcomes of other new technologies including LASIK, they are not positive about the long-term outcomes for patients with CK corrective surgery.

Other Refractive Surgeries
Your doctor can help you decide whether you are a good candidate for CK or other refractive surgeries. Fortunately there are many types of surgery patients looking for better vision can choose from these days. Among the most well-known includes LASIK surgery.

LASIK involves the use of a laser to reshape the cornea of the eye after a corneal flap is created. Surgeons performing LASIK procedures use a tool called a microkeratome to create the corneal flap prior to surgery.

Various forms of LASIK include PRK and LASEK procedures. There is also a procedure called "IntraLase" where the surgeon reshapes the cornea without using a blade (the microkeratome) to create the corneal flap needed for surgery.

One thing most of these surgeries have in common is the ability to correct one's vision. How well you respond to surgery may depend on how good (or bad) your vision is to start with. Even those with very poor vision however, are likely to gain some benefit from refractive surgery, even if that is simply to reduce the need for large, bulky eyeglasses.

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