Thermal Corneal Procedures
Another treatment for hyperopia involves the application of small spots of thermal energy to the cornea in a circular pattern. In this process the cornea is steepened resulting in more focusing power and reduction of hyperopia or the intentional creation of myopia to facilitate reading. This treatment, which uses either laser energy (Laser Thermal Keratoplasty or LTK) or radiofrequency energy (Conductive Keratoplasty or CK), is FDA approved. It is especially useful in patients who for various reasons cannot undergo excimer laser treatment. The LTK technique was originally developed in the Bascom Palmer Ophthalmic Biophysics Laboratory. In addition, the initial Refractec CK FDA approval studies were performed at Bascom Palmer.