Conductive Keratoplasty & Patient Satisfaction: A Case Study at the Holland Eye Surgery and Laser Center
McCracken, Katherine A.
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Hyperopia affects millions of individuals worldwide. Changing demographics will no doubt increase in the number of those affected by refractive error as the baby-boomer population ages. Consequently, one can assume that the demand for refractive corrective techniques will also increase. As refractive surgery becomes mainstreamed into the practice of ophthalmology, the occurrence of refractive surgery for the correction of hyperopia will certainly increase. Thus, surgical options that appeal to the aging population stand to gain much success. Recently approved by the FDA for the correction of hyperopia, conductive keratoplasty (CK) offers patients a non-invasive option for hyperopic correction. This technique is based on the principles of thermokeratoplasty, and utilizes radiofrequency energy applied to a series of circular treatment spots to induce collagen shrinkage in the corneal stroma. Therefore steepening the central cornea to correct for refractive error. The procedure is performed by certified ophthalmologists and can be completed in the office, without the use of anesthesia. As with any new procedure, patient satisfaction is critical to its success. Surveys were administered postoperatively to 31 individuals treated with CK at the Holland Eye Surgery and Laser Center. Data from 27 surveys was analyzed to determine the perceived quality of the patients' vision and effectiveness of CK treatment. Eighty-five percent of patients reported much or drastic improvement in their near vision, with 93% of patients being able to read without reading glasses. Thus, the results of the procedure are promising - with predictability, stability of correction, and patient satisfaction being CK' s greatest attributes.