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Conductive Keratoplasty Risks and Side-effects

Because conductive keratoplasty is relatively non-invasive, it is one of the safest procedures performed for near vision correction. Conductive keratoplasty risks and side-effects are further minimized when you choose Dr. Andrew Holzman in Washington, DC. Dr. Holzman is an experienced leader in refractive surgery who has helped many patients to reduce their need for reading glasses using this sophisticated treatment.

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Conductive keratoplasty involves no incisions, which eliminates many common surgical risks.

No Incisions, No Tissue Removal

Unlike LASIK or PRK, conductive keratoplasty, or CK, involves no incisions or removal of ocular tissue. Instead, it relies on radiofrequency waves to refine the curvature of the cornea. As a result, common surgical risks such as infection are comparatively lower. More than 100,000 CK procedures have been performed in the United States since 2002, and it is the fastest growing refractive surgery since the introduction of LASIK. Since CK is a relatively new procedure, long-term study results have not been obtained, but extensive studies proving its safety and effectiveness were conducted before its approval by the FDA.

However, it is important to understand that CK does involve some immediate but usually temporary side effects such as:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Vision fluctuation
  • Dry eye
  • Irritation
  • Excessive tearing

Other risks include:

  • Under-correction or over-correction of vision
  • Anisometropia (each eye focuses differently)
  • Halos, glare, or starbursts
  • Allergic reaction to anesthetic eye drops
  • Corneal scratches

By choosing an experienced surgeon and following his or her post-operative instructions as closely as possible, you can dramatically reduce risks and minimize side-effects, while increasing your likelihood of experiencing satisfying outcomes following CK.

Why Choose Dr. Holzman?

Dr. Holzman was the first physician in the area to perform CK, and he served as a regional training instructor for the procedure. Dr. Holzman has performed over 70,000 vision correction surgeries. With his extensive education and experience, Dr. Holzman is an excellent choice for performing CK or any refractive surgical procedure.

Minimizing Risks following Surgery

Immediately following surgery, patients should be diligent about using their prescription eye drops as directed by Dr. Holzman. Patients should continue to wear the bandage contact lenses until Dr. Holzman advises them to stop. For a week after surgery, patients will need to avoid swimming, using hot tubs, and other activities in which water could be splashed into the eyes. They should also keep their eyes closed when showering to avoid getting water in the eyes, and refrain from using eye makeup. For two weeks, patients should resist rubbing their eyes.

CK involves no incisions or removal of ocular tissue. As a result, common surgical risks such as infection are very low.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are considering CK, contact our office today for an appointment with Dr. Holzman. He will conduct a careful analysis of your ocular and overall health to determine if you can safely undergo CK.

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