Farsighted people now have a new option for correcting their vision. Physicians at the U-M Kellogg Eye Center are the first in Michigan and some of the first in the nation to offer a new non-laser technique, called Conductive KeratoplastySM, to treat hyperopiathe technical name for farsightedness.
The CK procedure, which recently was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, uses the controlled release of low-level radiofrequency energy, instead of a laser, to reshape the cornea. It is performed in just a few minutes with only topical anesthetic in the form of eye drops.
|Two diagrams of the eye (above and below) show how the eye is reshaped and how it is marked for treatment spots. Visit the Web at www.kellogg.umich.edu/LASIK/ck.html for a more complete description.|
Alan Sugar, corneal surgeon at Kellogg and professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, says that he views the procedure as a good alternative for some patientsthose over the age of 40 with mild to moderate hyperopia.
Most patients in the trials reported normal or near normal vision after the CK procedure, Sugar says. We also found that the healing time is faster than hyperopia laser procedures because CK does not involve cutting or removing corneal tissue.
CK is performed using a small probe, thinner than a strand of human hair, that releases low-level RF energy in a circular pattern on the outer cornea, thus shrinking small areas of corneal tissue. The circular pattern acts like a belt tightening around the cornea to increase its overall curvature.
People who meet the following criteria could be candidates for CK:
For more information about CK and other vision correction procedures, call the U-M Kellogg Eye Center Refractive Surgery Service, (734) 615-6914 or visit the Web site at www.kellogg.umich.edu.