The 8-minute CK procedure is done in our office. Immediately
following the procedure a corneal map is typically taken to
assess the level of improvement. If there can be further improvement,
additional CK spots are then simply added. Another corneal
mapping is performed to confirm that the proper endpoint has
been attained. CK is often combined with Intacs, since CK
can provide further improvements to eyesight and supplement
the improvement of Intacs alone. Intacs and CK are routinely
performed on the same day.
above show over 8 diopters of astigmatism correction before
(left) and after CK combined with Intacs was performed
(right) in one patient.
CK works by using radiofrequency (non-laser) energy that
is strategically delivered to the cornea by a small probe.
A tiny probe applies heat to the outer cornea at the precise
area where astigmatism reduction is needed. The heat causes
a local tightening effect against the astigmatism, which can
reduce the astigmatism and improve eyesight. Immediate improvement
in the cornea shape is noted, as evidenced by the new corneal
topography mapping. Potential risk of CK is regression of
effect. HOWEVER, that is the reason it's crucial that CK is combined with Holcomb C3-R (or performed after it) to reduce CK regression and boost long term results.
above show another patient who experienced over 4 diopters
of astigmatism reduction before (left) and after CK with
CK was originally developed for farsightedness and presbyopia,
which involved using the probe to create a symmetrical circular
pattern to change to the cornea. Our insights into keratoconus
has enabled us to understand the principles responsible for
the irregular corneal shape that defines keratoconus and how
to improve it. CK has been a successful addition to reduce
astigmatism and further improve the corneal shape. This has
resulted in greater improvements in vision.
to Jeff's experience with Intacs combined with CK
that changed his life
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler is a recognized
expert who offers various advanced keratoconus
treatment options for patients experiencing keratoconus
symptoms. He performs the Intacs procedure as well as
collagen cross linking, all of which can help the patient
avoid having to undergo corneal transplant surgery. To learn
more about keratoconus
causes and the various treatments, please peruse the pages
of this website and contact our office to schedule a consultation
with Dr. Brian.
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