Dr. Robert Maloney believes that a well-informed patient is key to successful vision correction surgery. He wants to be sure that you fully understand what you can expect from your procedure you choose. He wants to help you care for and preserve your eyesight in the best way possible. Here, you can find the information that you need to help you make informed choices about health care for your eyes.

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With conductive keratoplasty (CK), a special probe introduces an electrical current to the peripheral cornea, shrinking the corneal fibers. The effect is like the tightening of a belt, and the central cornea steepens. With CK, only one eye is treated. The procedure is primarily used to make the one treated eye nearsighted to create good reading vision in people over age forty-five who have excellent distance vision. The procedure takes less than five minutes and is painless. The major advantage of CK is its relative safety. Because no tissue is removed and all the work is done on the peripheral cornea, the risk of impairment of vision is slight.

Candidates for CK for the correction of presbyopia (improvement of reading vision) should be at least forty-five years old and have good distance vision. Recovery of reading vision is immediate. Distance vision in the treated eye is reduced somewhat. The major disadvantage of CK is that the results may not be permanent. After two to three years, either the treatment is repeated or the patient can have a permanent LASIK correction.

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