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Refractive Surgery: Conductive Keratoplasty (CK)

CK (conductive keratoplasty) is a procedure for reshaping corneal tissue to help you see better without glasses or corrective lenses. This procedure uses a tiny probe to send radiofrequency energy into the cornea. This shrinks the outer portion of the cornea, making the central cornea steeper.

Machine used for conductive keratoplasty

What to Expect During the Procedure

  • Before treatment, you may be given medication to help you relax.

  • Eyedrops numb your eyes. A device is used to keep your eyes open.

  • The tip of a probe is inserted into the cornea. The treatment lasts a few minutes for each eye.

  • Your vision should start to improve right away. It may take 36 months for your vision to become stable.

IDrawing of eye with areas treated labeled

Cons of CK

  • May take several months for vision to become stable

  • Risk of undercorrection or overcorrection

  • Risk of loss of best corrected vision

Pros of CK

  • Very safe procedure with few complications

  • No scarring in the central cornea

  • Low risk of dry eyes

  • Immediate vision improvement

 

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