Eye Surgery

Reading a magazine or any material up close is more difficult as people reach their 40's. "I was to the point where Newsweek would be blurred," said Sherry Jacobini. Sherry had problems focusing near and far, forcing her to wear contacts all the time. It happens to most of us at some point, even after years with perfect vision. "We're placing little radio frequency spots around the circumference of the cornea," said Dr. Brian Ranelle, a Texas opthamologist. Sherry was one of the first North Texans to try "CK". "It was like a miracle. You open your eyes and start throwing away the contacts. I emptied a drawer I think of 14 pairs of contacts," said Sherry. And others are following. Dr. Ranelle of the Texas Eye and Laser Center in Hurst is one of the few opthamologists in America performing conductive kerotaplasty, which was recently approved by the FDA. It's for people with low to moderate amounts of farsightedness. So this procedure can actually improve both the distance and your reading vision as well. Libby Nolan is undergoing the 10 minute "CK" procedure. Anesthetic drops number her eyes. "My vision was so good for so many years and then when I reached my 40's, suddenly I couldn't see," said Libby. Tiny marks are made around the cornea. A probe touches each spot, transmitting radio waves to reshape the cornea. No tissue is cut. 40 opthamologists across the county are approved to carry out the new "CK" procedure. Dr. Ranelle expects more eye doctors to invest in the training and equiptment in the next year or two.