NearVision CK FAQs


CKWhat is CK?
Are both eyes corrected on the same day?
Why doesn't CK use a laser?
Can CK correct myopia (nearsightedness)?
What will I feel during the procedure?
Are there restrictions after having CK?
Will the instrument used in the CK procedure penetrate my cornea?
Will I have to wear patches over my eyes after the procedure?
Will my health insurance cover the cost of the procedure?
Is Conductive Keratoplastysm (CK) permanent?
Can CK correct presbyopia?
Will I ever need glasses or contacts again?
Is CK reversible?
Will my vision improve immediately after surgery?
What are the risks and side effects of CK?
Will my vision fluctuate after the procedure is performed?
How soon will I be able to return to work?
What results can I expect?
Is CK right for me?
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WHAT IS CK?
Conductive Keratoplasty® (CK) is a procedure designed to treat farsightedness without using a laser. The CK treatment utilizes a controlled release of radiofrequency (RF) energy to increase the temperature of corneal tissue. The treatment is applied with a probe that is introduced 8 to 32 times into the cornea in a circular pattern, which results in an increased curvature of the cornea to correct your vision.

NearVision CK (Conductive Keratoplasty) is performed using the ViewPoint ™ CK System, the first and only FDA-approved technology for improving near vision in patients who struggle with their reading glasses. NearVision CK offers patients over 40 a safe, simple alternative to laser procedures developed just for them.

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ARE BOTH EYES CORRECTED ON THE SAME DAY?
For patients who require treatment in both eyes, CK is typically performed on both eyes on the same day - one eye immediately after the other. Most patients are comfortable having both eyes corrected on the same day because CK is minimally invasive and requires only a few minutes to perform.

WHY DOESN'T CK USE A LASER?
Lasers reshape the cornea by vaporizing (removing) tissue. CK reshapes the cornea using an entirely different method: the application of low-level, radiofrequency (RF) energy to specific spots around the cornea. This causes the tissue of the cornea (collagen) to shrink in a very controlled way, creating a constrictive "band" that gives the cornea a steeper shape.

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CAN CK CORRECT MYOPIA (NEARSIGHTEDNESS)?
CK is intended to steepen the cornea; this is needed to help with near vision. CK is not designed to flatten the cornea, the effect required for the correction of myopia.

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WHAT WILL I FEEL DURING THE PROCEDURE?
CK is considered painless. You will be aware of a lid support, which helps to hold your eye open. The most common sensation that patients experience is a feeling of slight pressure on the eye. After surgery, there may be some mild discomfort. Many patients complain of a foreign-object sensation or a slight "scratchiness" in the eye. This usually subsides within 24 hours of the procedure.

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ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS AFTER HAVING CK?
As with any other types of vision procedure, certain precautions should be taken after CK. You should avoid getting contaminated water in your eyes for at least one week. This includes water from swimming pools, spas, lakes, and the ocean. When showering or taking baths, you should keep your eyes closed to avoid getting soap and dirty water in them. When exercising, sweat should be kept out of the eyes for at least a week after surgery. Also, you should avoid rubbing your eyes vigorously for two weeks following the procedure. Eye makeup should not be used for few days after surgery.

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WILL THE INSTRUMENT USED IN THE CK PROCEDURE PENETRATE MY CORNEA?
The small, pen-shaped instrument used to apply radiofrequency (RF) energy does penetrate the cornea (approximately 0.45 mm or less than 1/50 of an inch). The actual penetrating tip (Keratoplast™ Tip) is as thin as a human hair. It also has a specially designed stop to eliminate the risk of penetrating the cornea too deeply.

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WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF THE PROCEDURE?
Because CK is elective surgery, most health insurance plans do not cover it.

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IS CONDUCTIVE KERATOPLASTYSM (CK) PERMANENT?
With CK we will be able to "turn back the hands of time...but we cannot stop the clock from ticking." We will be able to take you back to the time where you just started relying on glasses for reading a menu in dim lighting and up close work. As you age, so do your eyes. The effect of CK is permanent but as we age our vision continues to weaken.

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CAN CK CORRECT PRESBYOPIA?
If you have presbyopia, one of our doctors may recommend "blended vision". Unlike "monovision", (where one eye is treated for near vision, leaving the untreated eye for distance vision), blended vision improves your ability to focus on near objects without sacrificing distance vision in the treat eye. This makes it easier for you to adjust to the two separate images. If you have not tolerated monovision treatments in the past, blended vision may be a better choice.

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WILL I EVER NEED GLASSES OR CONTACTS AGAIN?
The vast majority of patients do not need corrective lenses of any kind after the CK procedure. However, depending on your age and the type of refractive disorder you have, you may need additional vision correction (surgery, reading glasses, or bifocals) at some point. This is because your eyes continue to change as you age.

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IS CK REVERSIBLE?
As with most vision correction procedures, CK is not reversible. Once the procedure has been performed, it is not possible to "remove" the effects of the procedure. This is an important factor that anyone thinking about surgery should carefully consider. To make sure CK is right for you, make sure you discuss your vision needs with Dr. Larrazabal.

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WILL MY VISION IMPROVE IMMEDIATELY AFTER SURGERY?
Patients usually notice an immediate improvement in their vision after the CK procedure. However, it usually takes several weeks for the eyes to reach the final level of correction.

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WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS OF CK?
Because CK is minimally invasive and very controlled, the procedure has very few surgical complications. During the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery, you may experience tearing and some discomfort, including a foreign-object sensation in the eyes. You may also experience a slight over-correction of your vision, allowing you to see better up close, though your distance vision may be blurry. This will stabilize during the following weeks.

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WILL MY VISION FLUCTUATE AFTER THE PROCEDURE IS PERFORMED?
Most patients will experience mild fluctuation in their vision after surgery, but many will never notice it. Any fluctuation will usually subside within a few weeks. Patients who undergo vision procedures for farsightedness usually require a longer stabilization period than those treated for nearsightedness.

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HOW SOON WILL I BE ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK?
With CK, the majority of patients are able to return to work and other normal activities 1-3 days after their procedure. Although recovery is fairly quick, it is advisable to be careful with your eyes and avoid any strain. Those whose jobs demand intense clarity of vision (such as dentistry, surgery, or computer work) may find their work more difficult to perform for several days after having the procedure.

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WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

    Near Vision Improvement
    Some of our patients have good distance vision and want to improve their near vision. As a result, they only require CK in one eye. While this sounds odd, it is a technique used widely in contact lenses and Lasik for patients over 45. The advantage with CK is that the improvement in near vision in the treated eye is similar to the sound you hear from stereo speakers. A different sound comes from each one, but they work together to provide the entire range of sound. That is what you want to happen with your vision —to see a more complete range of distance and near again.
    Distance Vision Improvement
    Some of our patients require CK in both eyes. They have become more farsighted with age, and benefit from having treatment in one eye to sharpen their distance vision, and treatment in the other eye to sharpen their near vision. These patients experience improvement in both their distance and near vision.

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CK BrochureIS CK RIGHT FOR ME?
NearVision CK (Conductive Keratoplasty(R)) is intended for people over 40 who want to improve their near vision and reduce their dependence on reading glasses. CK is not intended for people with myopia (nearsightedness). All patients considering vision correction should undergo a complete examination by a doctor prior to the procedure.

You're likely a good candidate for NearVision CK if you:

  • Are over age 40
  • Had great vision your whole life
  • Require reading glasses to compensate for fading near vision

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ABOUT OUR SURGEON

  • Dr. Yong Larrazabal trained under Dr. Low Cze Hong of Asia Medic Eye Centre in Singapore and accredited by Refractec (Irvine, California) as the first authorized NearVision CK provider for the Philippines and second in Southeast Asia.

    ** As with any procedure, CK should only be performed by an ophthalmologist who is well-practiced and trained in the procedure. **

    Click here to view the certificate of authorization

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