NEW SEVEN-MINUTE PROCEDURE DRAMATICALLY
IMPROVES READING ABILITY IN AGING EYES.
I F YOU’RE OVER 40 AND NEED GLASSES TO READ,
you’re in luck. Yes! A painless, new, high-tech procedure that takes just. seven minutes in your doctor’s office —could allow you to throw away our reading glasses forever.
The treatment, called conductive keratoplasty or CK, reshapes the cornea with radio waves which brings near vision back into focus without affecting distance vision.
“CK is a safe, painless, rapid office procedure,” said Dr. Marguerite McDonald, clinical professor of ophthalmology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. “It’s a real break-through for baby boomers who want to continue to look youthful.
“With CK, there are no knives and no cutting. There is no tissue removal and no operating over the line of sight. The FDA said the CK device is the safest that they have ever viewed.”
It’s so safe, Dr. McDonald told The ENQUIRER, because it uses radio waves instead of a laser or scalpel, to improve vision.
A tiny probe applies radio waves in a circular pattern that gently heats the tissue of the outer cornea. “When the heated tissue cools, it contracts,” said Dr. McDonald. “Jt’s like you’ve tightened a belt and the cornea is reshaped so it can focus on nearby images.”
The whole process is over in less than seven minutes and you walk out of the doctor’s office with both eyes open.
“Pain following surgery is minimal,” she said. “Mild discomfort is eliminated by using eye drops containing pain inedication.”
Half the patients get an immediate improvement in near vision, the other half can discard their reading glasses in two weeks. Although the treatment is permanent, as the eye continues to age, patients may need a touch-up in the future.
Patients typically get only one eye treated because the other eye provides most of the distance vision. CK generally frees people from reading glasses, explained Dr. Mc Donald, but extremely detailed work may require specs with a weak magnification.
The procedure averages around $1500, but can be a little more or a little less depending on where you live. Most health plans will not pay for the procedure.
Almost everyone who needs reading glasses is a candidate for CR, excluding those with cataracts or an eye condition called keratoconus.
“And if someone is near-sighted and hasn’t had.laser surgery to correct.their distance vision, we.don’t want to do the CK surgery on them because it will only make them more nearsighted,” she said “If you are nearsighted, you have to get the laser surgery for distance first. Then come back three to six months later and treat one eye with the CK procedure.”
Not only will you see better after CK, said Dr. McDonald, without reading glasses you’ll also look younger.
EYES OF YOUTH
“They say 50 is the new 30 and 60 is the new 40” she said. “CK will help you
keep that appearance of youth. You’l l be sending the message, I’m still
-----S. D. Hubbard
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