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Refractive Surgery: Conductive Keratoplasty (CK)Cirug­a refractiva: queratoplastia conductiva (CK)

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.

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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.

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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

Date Last Reviewed: 2004-08-26T00:00:00-06:00

Date Last Modified: 2003-06-23T00:00:00-06:00