The Eyes Have It

A pair of new lens-correcting procedures are trying to steal LASIK's glory. Beware the risks

You may have read about a pair of new procedures to help correct presbyopia--the difficulty focusing on close objects that typically begins around one's 45th birthday and eventually leads to reading glasses. News that the FDA might soon be approving the operation called conductive keratoplasty (CK), having approved laser thermal keratoplasty (LTK) last June, has focused attention once again on the rapidly growing--and increasingly confusing--field of corrective eye surgery.

With all the hype surrounding LASIK--the most popular laser treatment--and these newer procedures, it's hard for physicians to know what to advise patients who are tired of seeing the world through a...

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