Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) is a simple procedure that can reduce your need for reading glasses without a surgical incision. NearVision CK is an advanced CK procedure available that can correct presbyopia (nearsightedness) but also hyperopia (farsightedness). Both are associated with difficulty in seeing things up close and caused for different reasons.
CK is ideal and often more commonly prescribed to correct presbyopia that occurs after age 40. It’s also a good option for anyone who may not be ready for more advanced treatment. At this stage in life, near vision often becomes blurred, even if you’ve never had vision problems or had to wear eyeglasses before. What happens is that the natural lens inside the eye gradually thickens with age and loses flexibility, which CK can correct.
CK is also used to correct hyperopia, which is a different form of near vision loss. Rather than age-related, this is a natural vision problem that affects as much as one-fourth of the population. A large number of people are born with this condition, which can cause headaches, eye strain or fatigue when reading or performing work up close.
The good news is that CK only takes 3 to 5 minutes. Using radiofrequency energy rather than a laser, CK changes how your eye focuses light – specifically, it reshapes your cornea to make it steeper. You can usually be back to normal the next day, only this time without constant dependence on your reading glasses.
It’s important to note that CK is not a permanent treatment. It can significantly improve near vision making the procedure worthwhile, even if you still need to wear glasses. For those with age-related presbyopia, your eyes age they will change, but you can still enjoy the effects of CK for many years to come.
Eye Consultants of Texas founder Phillips Kirk Labor, MD is one of the most experienced CK specialists in Dallas/Fort Worth. If near vision is making the things you do day-to-day more difficult, contact our office at 817-410-2030 to make an appointment. Dr. Labor, or any of our doctors, will help you decide if CK is right for you and, if so, exactly what you can expect.