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COPY-Information About Conductive Keratoplasty and Farsightedness

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CK(sm) (Conductive Keratoplasty(sm))

About CK:

* CK is the first non-laser procedure for farsightedness.
* CK uses the controlled release of (radiowaves) radiofrequency (RF) energy, instead of a laser or scalpel, to reshape the cornea.

* CK is a safe, minimally invasive alternative procedure to laser for farsighted patients.
* CK is fast: The procedure is performed in just under 3 minutes.
* CK is convenient and comfortable: The procedure is performed in-office with only topical (eye drop) anesthesia.
* Because CK is performed without the cutting or removal of tissue, it meets the needs of the risk-adverse patient who's been waiting for a safe, less invasive procedure for farsightedness.

* For years, the farsighted have been left behind as vision correction procedures progressed: RK, PRK and LASIK initially, were all treatments solely for the nearsighted.

* CK is one of the first procedures designed specifically for farsightedness.

How CK Works:

* Short Version: CK is performed using a probe as thin as a human strand of hair, which release radiofrequency (RF) energy, shrinking the tissue to increase the curvature of the cornea.

* Full Explanation: CK applies radio waves in a circular pattern on the outer cornea to shrink small areas of collagen. This circular shrinkage pattern creates a constrictive band (like the tightening of a belt), increasing the overall curvature of the cornea to treat farsightedness.

* RF is one of today's most advanced surgical technologies. In addition to the treatment of farsightedness, RF technology is being used in prostate cancer therapy, back surgery, even cardiovascular procedures.

About Farsightedness (Hyperopia):

* CK is approved for mild to moderate farsightedness (hyperopia).
* Farsightedness occurs when the patient's cornea is too flat or the eye is too short.
* Farsightedness is a progressive disease, with an average patient age of 55.
* There are 60 million Americans with farsightedness; as many as 4 million of them could benefit from CK.
* Farsightedness is most predominant among Baby boomers, many of whom view glasses as a sign of aging. Yet, consumer research indicates that very few people age 40-60 have even considered laser vision correction surgery, as they tend to be more conservative and risk-adverse than their younger, nearsighted counterparts.

Symptoms:

* Began needing glasses after age 40
* Currently wears bifocals
* Difficulty reading menus, computer screen, the alarm clock or driving at night
* Eye fatigue when reading in poor lighting or at the end of the day
* Trouble changing focus from distance to near
* Constantly repositions reading material in an attempt to find the right focus

As the first alternative to laser for farsightedness, CK represents a revolutionary option for those patients who thought they'd never be rid of their glasses.

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