Because of the flatness of the cornea, farsightedness is the most difficult disorder to treat with LASIK and the most likely to cause post-LASIK complications such as dry eye, hazy vision, light sensitivity or poor quality of vision.
Until recently, only nearsighted patients have had many different procedures available to them that could be used to correct their vision problems, such as LASIK, RK and PRK. Now, one of the first non-laser procedures for farsightedness, CK (Conductive Keratoplasty), has been developed to address the symptoms and problems of the farsighted patient.
CK is one of the first procedures designed specifically for the millions of people with hyperopia. Instead of a scalpel or a laser, CK uses a probe as thin as a strand of human hair to release radio-frequency energy, treating your farsightedness without cutting or removing tissue. CK reshapes the cornea by using a controlled release of radio-frequency energy to shrink the corneal tissue, steepening the cornea and changing the way the eye focuses light. The radio-frequency energy is applied in a circular pattern, causing a peripheral constriction and a relative central lengthening of the eye.
As the first FDA approved method for treating hyperopia, CK is safer and less invasive than the LASIK procedure. It’s quick — less than three minutes per eye, and uses a topical anesthetic. With minimal post-operative discomfort, return of vision is almost immediate.
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