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.
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.
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