Is CK considered permanent now?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Toller, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. Toller

    Toller Guest

    I looked into a couple years ago and it only lasted a few years and then
    slowly faded back to the way it was before. That seemed much worse than
    doing nothing.

    Now my eye doctor tells me it has improved and is permanent. He doesn't do
    it, but is referring me to someone else.

    Has it improved that much? I really don't want to mess with it if it will
    be drifting around.
    Toller, Mar 29, 2007
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  2. I hear that it is definitely more permanent than LTK was, but probably
    still regresses somewhat, at least partly due to the tendency of
    hyperopia to slowly increase in prebyopia. If it helps for a year or
    two I'm not sure that it's worse than doing nothing, as it is quite
    safe, with almost no risk for a bad outcome.

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Mar 29, 2007
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  3. Also, it can be redone several times. I'm not sure why it hasn't really
    caught on that much.
    William Stacy, Mar 29, 2007
  4. Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) is a temporary method to reduce hyperopia
    (farsighted, longsighted) vision or induce myopia (nearsighted,
    shortsighted) vision for the purpose of monovision. CK is not
    permanent, regressing at a rate of about 1.00 diopter every 2-3 years
    after the initial six month healing process. We have a detailed
    article about CK at:

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    Glenn -, Mar 29, 2007
  5. Toller

    Toller Guest

    What I want to do is to be able to ski, drive, etc. without glasses. I am
    willling to wear them for reading.
    But if it fades so I need glasses to drive, I don't see how I am any better
    off then now. And probably worse, since I would need new prescriptions more
    often as it fades.
    Toller, Mar 29, 2007
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