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January 6, 2003
by Doctor Deanna Lites

As you get older you may notice that your eyesight is getting worse. It's harder to see things close up. You can wear glasses, contact lenses or have laser surgery to fix the problem.

Or you can try a procedure recently approved by the FDA that provides temporary relief from farsightedness.

Reading is no problem for Monett Micenko. But for years it was hard for her eyes to focus close up because she was farsighted. "I wore my bifocals and I also had third pair of glasses for using the computer."

Starting at about age 40 many people first start to notice a change in their vision, difficulty seeing things close up resulting in farsightedness. A condition that results from the cornea being too flat.

While many people use glasses, contact lenses or have laser surgery to fix the problem, there is now another option. It's called conductive keratoplasty or CK, an FDA approved treatment for the temporary reduction of farsightedness in people over age 40.

"Conductive keratoplasty is using radio frequency to thermally treat the cornea," says ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Foulkes.

First the eye is numbed using eye drops. Then a tiny probe, smaller than a human hair is used to apply radio waves to the eye, shrinking the tissue and reshaping the cornea to correct the farsightedness. The entire procedure takes about three minutes.

Foulkes says CK has many advantages. "The big advantage of CK is its safety. No one has the ability to see as well as they could prior to the treatment, this is a significant problem with many of the other treatments we use for farsightedness," says Dr. Foulkes.

Monett had the procedure five weeks ago. "I can do everything. I can be on my computer, I can live my life without my glasses."

Caroline Depasquale understands. She had CK just three weeks ago. "I can see myself put makeup on. I can read. I'm delighted. I'm thrilled to death."

Interested in more information on CK?

posted at 10:00AM by dave.miller@walb.com

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