Conductive Keratoplasty is among the most popular refractive surgeries available to patients.
The procedure uses radio waves to sculpt the cornea to the desired shape. It is considered a highly non invasive procedure because of its no-contact approach. By using low energy radio waves, the possibility of damage to cornea and surrounding eye structures is reduced to a great extent.
The procedure is recommended for treatment of nearsightedness. The majority of the patients that undergo the procedure are in their middle age (40-50 years of age). The idea of the operation is to eliminate patients' dependency on their reading glasses.
Another common application of Conductive Keratoplasty is to correct the residual error in refractive index of the eye after LASIK. Conductive Keratoplasty is considered an excellent procedure for situations where the refractive error is mild and the use of laser based procedures would be an overkill.
Conductive Keratoplasty requires great skill because the procedure uses low power radio waves delivered through a very fine probe. This probe is used to “even out” the areas of the cornea so that the desired shape could be achieved.
The major difference between Conductive Keratoplasty and other energy based procedures such as LASIK is that no tissues are removed during Conductive Keratoplasty. Thus, the procedure is considered very safe. A related benefit is very short time of the procedure.
A good candidate profile is a person who is willing to accept slight blurring in the distance vision for very sharp close-up vision. The procedure is usually conducted after the age of 40 because at this time, many people start to require reading.