Farsightedness is a very common vision condition that makes it difficult to look at nearby objects with the proper focus, although far away objects can be seen clearly. Many people have used Lasik, the laser procedure, to resolve farsightedness, but a new procedure called Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) is now available to resolve farsightedness without a laser at all.
The Basics of Conductive Keratoplasty
Conductive Keratoplasty is a refractive eye surgery that can help reduce the need for reading glasses in middle-aged and older patients. No laser is required, and the procedure is formally known under the name NearVision CK.
NearVision CK utilizes low energy radio waves rather than lasers to reshape the cornea and restore the ability to focus on objects up close. The procedure is done by an eye surgeon who uses a hand-held instrument with a tiny probe that is actually smaller than a human hair. The probe applies very low levels of radio frequency energy in a circular motion on the outer part of the cornea.
As the RF energy is applied, the connective tissue in the cornea shrinks in the circular formation created by the probe. The circular band serves to tighten and steepen the cornea. With this new shape, the cornea is better prepared to properly use light rays to help the patient focus on what’s near.
Candidates and Results
This procedure is best for people who are over 40 and have enjoyed relatively good vision more of their life, but now require reading glasses. However, it must be understood that NearVision CK is not a permanent solution. Since the eyes can continue to change and evolve, it’s possible for farsightedness to return if the cornea becomes misshapen again.
Overall, this quick and simple procedure is an excellent solution to delay the need for reading glasses.