Baton Rouge, LA (July 30, 2002) - The recently FDA-approved procedure for patients with farsightedness, CK (Conductive Keratoplasty(sm)), is now available in Baton Rouge at the Williamson Eye Center.
Drs. Charles Williamson and Scott Nelson are among the first in the nation to offer CK, which uses the controlled release of radiofrequency (RF) energy, instead of a laser, to reshape the cornea. The procedure, which takes less than three minutes, is done in-office with only topical anesthesia (eye drops).
"CK is an exciting new procedure which further expands our treatment options for farsighted patients. Other treatments for farsightedness involved the creation of a corneal flap. This can often be difficult to achieve due to multiple factors including corneal shape and small eyelid opening. With CK, we don't have to create a flap in the cornea and many more of our farsighted patients can now benefit from refractive surgery," commented Dr. Scott Nelson.
Some 60 million Americans suffer from farsightedness, a progressive disorder often requiring treatment with glasses around the time a patient turns 40. Symptoms include difficulty reading menus, a computer screen and seeing to drive at night, or the need to constantly reposition reading material to find the right focus. Some also experience eye fatigue at the end of the day or when reading in poor lighting.
Presently, Baby Boomers comprise the largest segment of the farsighted population, and many view the need for glasses as a sign of aging. Because CK is performed without the cutting or removal of tissue, it offers them a safe, minimally invasive alternative to laser for patients with farsightedness, which occurs when the cornea is too flat or the eye is too short.
CK Now Available Locally
CK is performed using a small probe, thinner than a strand of human hair, that releases radiofrequency (RF) energy. The probe is applied in a circular pattern on the outer cornea to shrink small areas of corneal tissue. This circular shrinkage pattern creates a constrictive band (like the tightening of a belt), increasing the overall curvature of the cornea. The use of RF energy is one of today's most advanced surgical techniques. In addition to its use in CK, RF technology is being used in prostate cancer therapy, back surgery, even cardiovascular procedures.