Santa Monica Conductive Keratoplasty is a non-invasive procedure performed by an ophthalmologist to treat refractive errors in vision. It’s an outpatient procedure that’s used to correct farsightedness and farsightedness with astigmatism. It can also be used to treat myopia, or near-sightedness and presbyopia, a type of farsightedness that occurs with age. The difference is that people who have hyperopia find it difficult to focus on any object, no matter how near or far they are. With presbyopia, people can see clearly at distance but their vision becomes blurred as the object gets closer. This is because the lens of the eye can no longer adjust as it used to. People with presbyopia often need to use reading glasses for close work.
Instead of lasers or scalpels, Santa Monica Conductive Keratoplasty uses heat from radio waves to resculpt the cornea. It does this by shrinking the collagen fibers in the eyeball. Conductive Keratoplasty was approved for use in March, 2004 by the FDA.
Before the procedure, the patient’s eye is numbed through the use of eyedrops. Antibiotics are also applied. A speculum is then placed over the eye, then the ophthalmologist uses a probe that applies the radio wave energy around the edge of the cornea. A foot pedal is often used to transmit the heat energy. When the heat is applied, the collagen shrinks and the cornea steepens. Because of this, the images that pass through the lens of the eye and on to the retina will be more sharply focused.
People who are the best candidates for conductive keratoplasty are over 40, have otherwise healthy eyes, have enjoyed at least six months of stable eyesight and are farsighted in the range of +.75 to +3.00 diopters. People who shouldn’t have the surgery or who should postpone it are pregnant and breast-feeding women, people who have autoimmune diseases, scarring of their corneas, or who have a disease that affects their collagen. People who have Type 1 diabetes or herpes of the eye should also not have the surgery.
Most patients see improvements in their vision. The vision remains stable and the complications of the procedure are rare. Some people do complain that they’re sensitive to light for a while after the procedure and that they have grit in their eye, but these sensations go away. For more information about Santa Monica Conductive Keratoplasty, contact Kurwa Eye Center.