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FREQUENTLY ASKED CONDUCTIVE KERATOPLASTY (CK) QUESTIONS
How long will the results last?
Since the type of farsightedness being treated is due to the aging process, CK may not be a permanent solution. It does reverse the effects of aging, but it cannot stop aging. The results of the procedure will dramatically improve the patient’s ability to read.
How long until vision improves?
Improvement in vision is generally noticed immediately, but the patient’s vision will continue to improve for several weeks after the procedure.
Does that mean patients have to wait for weeks before returning to normal activities?
No, patients may resume normal activities almost immediately. However, anything that strains the eyes should be avoided for a few days after the procedure.
Why are drops placed in the eye during the procedure?
Instead of using a local anesthetic, a topical anesthetic drop is placed in the eyes. These drops numb the eyes to prevent the patient from feeling any discomfort during the procedure.
Are there any major risks or side effects associated with CK?
Immediately after the CK procedure, the patient may experience watery eyes and perhaps minor discomfort. These symptoms will soon dissipate, usually within a couple of days.
Do patients have to take special care of their eyes after CK?
For one week after the procedure, patients should avoid contact with their eyes, including water, sweat and soap. Eye makeup should not be worn for one week. And patients should avoid rubbing or scratching their eyes for at least two weeks after CK.
Does CK work for all types of vision problems?
No. CK treats patients with farsightedness (hyperopia). It is designed for patients who want to eliminate reading glasses.
Approved by the FDA, CK is exclusively designed for those people suffering from farsightedness, particularly age onset farsightedness.