CK (Conductive Keratoplasty)

My husband, daughters, and I are so pleased with our improved eyesight, we donated our old eyeglasses to charity.

But I’m the one who is most delighted – with the results of my CK (conductive keratoplasty) as well as my LASIK surgery at Sheth-Horsley Eye Center. My eyes are wonderful. They’re great.

I had thought about having eye surgery for years – maybe ten years. I wanted it badly because my eyesight was so poor, but I was concerned about the pain. And there was no pain whatsoever. The worst thing was having my eyelids taped. Otherwise, it was nothing.

Dr. Horsley is the best, and Dr. Sheth is wonderful too. They made me feel very comfortable, very positive I was going to come out of it just fine.

As a child, I was nearsighted. In fifth grade, I had those huge ugly glasses. One of my eyes was really bad; I even ran into doors. Without my glasses, I could not see at all. But the biggest reason I wanted to have the surgery done was because I thought I’d like to be able to read and watch TV at the same time. I’d be moving my glasses up over my head when the program was on, and as soon as there was a commercial, I’d have to pull them down to read. That was frustrating.

My friend had a good experience with laser eye surgery, and the technology is becoming better and better. So I decided I would like to do it. I went to see Dr. Horsley, and I found out that I also needed CK. I had the same LASIK done in both eyes in the beginning so that I could see far. But I had to still wear reading glasses for the really small print. I definitely wanted freedom from glasses. So six months later, Dr. Sheth did the CK in one eye.

The CK felt different from the LASIK. I could feel something was going on, but there was no pain and nothing hurt. (CK is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a tiny probe and radio waves to increase the curvature of the cornea, improving near vision.)

I can see so much better, it’s hard to believe. It’s so nice to wake up and not have to put on my glasses right away, and to be able to watch TV and read. I love that.

My husband and I have four daughters who are 18, 20, 23, and 30. After I had my eye surgery, my husband and two of our daughters decided to have the laser eye surgery too. My 23-year-old is the biggest baby, but after the procedure, she said, “It didn’t hurt! It didn’t hurt! She was so happy. We were so thrilled we didn’t need our eyeglasses any more, we took them all and donated them to charity.

- Gail S.

I’m a very active person. I do a lot of kayaking, often on the ocean. The problem was reading maps and particularly my GPS [global positioning system]. I go as much as 10 miles offshore, and you can get fog and bad weather. The GPS becomes very important sometimes. But they have very small screens with small lettering and fine details. If your near vision isn’t very, very good, the GPS is useless.

I started using reading glasses about four years ago, so I had no choice but to take them when I was kayaking. When you’re on the ocean, you often have very windy conditions, rough seas, and water breaking over your bow spraying you with salt spray. If you’re wearing reading glasses, you’ve got to constantly rinse them off. Plus, there’s a high risk of losing them and thus your near sight. This could be life-threatening in certain circumstances.

I’ve always had fairly good eyes, but my near vision had been getting progressively worse. My prescription kept changing, and I was using my reading glasses more and more. I needed them to work at the computer as well. It got to be a real hassle.

My eyes had deteriorated somewhat for long distance. I hadn’t realized this, but they picked it up at Sheth-Horsley Eye Center. Apparently my eyes were struggling to focus. Their natural focus wasn’t where it was supposed to be, so my eyes were correcting all the time.

The first thing that really impressed me at Sheth-Horsley Eye Center was that I spent almost an hour one-on-one with Dr. Nilesh M. Sheth the first day I was there. They took a closer look at me and were far more personalized and gave a lot more thought to the whole procedure. Plus, Dr. Sheth refused to use anything but the best machine. He said you want the best vision you can have with the lowest risk. That also impressed me.

Dr. Sheth suggested doing LASIK for the far vision on my right eye and CK [conductive keratoplasty] on the other eye so I could see both near and far. My vision now is very, very good. I’m very happy I did it, and I’m glad I did what Dr. Sheth suggested. It brought me something that just doing LASIK on both eyes wouldn’t have.

Dr. Sheth is great. He’s clearly knowledgeable. He’s very skilled and experienced, and obviously, he has a very steady hand.

The laser surgery, which I had about a year ago, came out great. My far vision is 20/15, bordering on 20/10, and you don’t get any better than that. With the CK, I needed two touch-ups. This is not unusual with CK and Dr. Sheth informed me in the initial evaluation prior to the CK procedure that he might have to tweak things to optimize my results. Dr. Sheth knew exactly what had to be done, he saw it through, and we got it right.

I haven’t used glasses since the initial surgery. With CK, your eyesight changes a lot in the first year. I’m perfectly happy already – and it’s still improving.

- Doug F.

"At 49yrs old I had become very tired of wearing bi-focal glasses 24/7. Without them it was difficult to watch television and actually see the food on my plate. Driving a car without glasses was impossible. I opted to have both the Lasik and the CK Procedure offered by the Sheth-Horsley Eye Center. Now I see a whole new world and I can buy sunglasses right off the rack, put on make-up and read a menu, all without glasses.

This has definitely improved my quality of life!

Thank you Dr. Will Horsley and Dr. Nilesh Sheth!"

- L. Ippolito

"I want to thank you for the very successful CK (Conductive Keratoplasty) procedure I had on August 30th of this year (2006). Previous to the corrective surgery, I could not use my computer without the aid of glasses.

The procedure lasted 10 minutes and immediately my vision improved. It has been 10 weeks since the procedure and I am totally happy with the outcome!

Nilesh, thank you very much for restoring my vision so that I no longer need glasses, nor do I have to 'squint' to see up close."

- L. Gilgun


Sheth Horsley Eye Center

The ophthalmologists at Sheth Horsley Eye Center have been serving the community's eye care needs for over 50 years. Our doctors are members of various prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin

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