Is CK Radio Wave Eye Surgery Better than LASIK?

LASIK and laser eye surgery procedures continue to be a popular option for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but not everyone meets the requirements for this procedure. Conductive keratoplasty (CK) is one of the newest forms of refractive surgery and unlike other forms of eye surgery, uses radio waves and heat energy to reduce the size of the connective tissues around the cornea. This procedure is designed for patients suffering from hyperopia and presbyopia. The latest clinical results show that CK can produce more stable results than previously, and is now widely accepted by laser eye surgeons around the United States.

If you’ve been thinking about LASIK or vision correction procedures, get in touch with a LASIK doctor in your area and find out more about CK radio waves eye surgery and similar procedures. Your eye surgeon will conduct a comprehensive eye exam and determine whether you are a good candidate for any type of laser eye surgery.

Is CK Radio Wave Eye Surgery Right for You?

CK radio wave eye surgery is designed for patients who have hyperopia or presbyopia. Patients with hyperopia who show refractive error between +0.75 and +3.25 diopters with no more than 0.75 diopters in astigmatism can undergo this type of procedure. Patients with presbyopia will only need to have one eye treated with CK radio wave eye surgery. These procedures may not be covered by vision insurance, so you will need to learn about costs and financing options during your consultation.

How Conductive Keratoplsty is Performed

The conductive keratoplasty (CK) procedure is typically performed right in an opthalmologist’s office. Eye drops are used as an anesthetic and the surgeon will keep your eyes propped open with a small tool to prevent blinking. The surgeon can imprint a small pattern on the cornea to show where the radio frequency waves have to be applied.

This is made out of a special dye so it is easy to rinse after your procedure. Radio frequency waves are applied to each eye in a few seconds, and the treatment process for both eyes typically takes less than a minute. You will need to use prescription eye drops to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. You might also need to wear special contact lenses over the eyes to prevent discomfort and avoid bright lights and direct sunlight for a few days. Your eyes will heal within a few days and then vision is restored.

Talk to a LASIK doctor in your area to find out if you are a good candidate for CK radio wave eye surgery or other vision correction procedures.

Further Reading

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  • Twilight actress Judi Shekoni recently underwent the LASIK vision correction procedure at a Beverly Hills LASIK center and is now enjoying the successful outcome. The procedure was performed by LASIK eye surgery specialist Dr. Khanna, and involved a two-step process. Ms. Shekoni, who plays vampire Zafrina on the Twilight show, reports that she was a “nervous passenger” while undergoing the procedure but it was completely painless.

  • STAAR Surgical Company, a medical manufacturer that produces minimally-invasive ophthalmic products, has received the CE Mark of Approval for the Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL). The company has made several improvements to the original lens, including the Hypertorpic Toric ICL, designed for patients who are farsighted, and for those that who astigmatism. Both conditions can be treated with a single implantable collamer lens procedure.