About Presbyopia and Conductive Keratoplasty - Visit Our San Diego or Coronado Practice for Treatment

Everyone's vision decreases with age. By their mid-forties, most people notice a decline in their near vision. Reading becomes more difficult, even when books or newspapers are held at arm's length. This age-related vision loss is known as presbyopia. Fortunately, San Diego patients can find relief from the symptoms of presbyopia at Alvarado Eye Associates.

In the past, it was believed that presbyopia occurred due to a loss of flexibility in the eye's lens that occurred naturally with age. Lens flexibility is important because the lens must change shape to properly focus on objects at different distances. When the lens becomes less supple, it is more difficult for the eye to focus on near objects. Newer research indicates that, as the lens of the eye continues to grow over the years, a loosening of the bond between the lens and the muscles that control its shape may be the root cause of presbyopia.

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Conductive Keratoplasty

How would you like to 'turn the clock back' to when you could leave the house without your reading glasses?

  • Have you had great distance vision without glasses most of your life?
  • Are you 45 years of age or older?
  • Are you tired of your reading glasses?

If you can answer 'yes' to all three of these questions, then you may be a candidate for Conductive Keratoplasty. Our Coronado and San Diego East County locations offer this treatment to qualified presbyopia candidates.

Conductive Keratoplasty, commonly known as CK, uses radio frequency energy to strengthen your eye's (or eyes') ability to read. CK is one of the safest refractive procedures ever approved by the FDA for treating presbyopia. CK allows us to 'turn back the clock' to a time when you weren't 100 percent dependent on reading glasses to use your computer or cell phone, read a price tag, or see the menu at a restaurant. CK can restore your independence from reading glasses and give you vision for most of your daily activities.

Contact Alvarado Eye Associates today about Conductive Keratoplasty. San Diego patients are encouraged to call today!

Conductive Keratoplasty involves placing one, two, or three concentric rings of CK spots on your cornea to reshape the front of your eye. Radio frequency emitted from the tip of the sterile probe is converted by the natural resistance of your cornea into heat that creates a stable positive change in the curvature of the cornea. The spots are placed in less than three minutes using anesthetic eye drops that completely numb your eye (no lasers or blades are used).

After your Conductive Keratoplasty surgery, the improvement in your ability to see up close will be immediate. Patients typically experience 24-48 hours of mild dry eye sensations, as well as temporary bright light sensitivity. Antibiotic drops are used postoperatively to prevent infection, and artificial tears are used for relief of any dry eye sensation.

Contact Alvarado Eye Associates for more information about Conductive Keratoplosty. Coronado and San Diego patients are encouraged to call today!

CK has the best safety profile of any of the refractive procedures currently available. The CK VSA FDA Presbyopia Study showed that:

  • 98 percent of patients noted improvement in quality of vision
  • 96 percent were satisfied, very satisfied, or neutral with results of CK
  • 100 percent maintained fair to excellent depth perception at 12 months
  • Preoperative contrast sensitivity was maintained after the CK procedure

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CK Charts click each to enlarge

But, most importantly, Conductive Kerotoplasty is very effective. Reviewing the pie graphs above, generated during the CK VSA FDA Presbyopia Study, one can see that CK will provide significant improvement in your ability to perform the activities of daily living. CK will give you 'vision for living.'

Ask Alvarado Eye Associates about Conductive Keratoplasty. Our San Diego and Coronado office staff members are eager to answer your questions, and address your concerns.

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Coronado, California 92118
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