IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ophthalmic device manufacturer
Refractec Inc. announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration has
established the protocol for airplane pilots wanting to reduce their
dependence on glasses by having the NearVision CK (conductive keratoplasty)
"Certification by the FAA as a vision correction procedure for pilots
validates the safety and value of CK as a refractive treatment," said Mitchell
B. Campbell, president of Refractec, Inc. "Only the safest and most effective
procedures obtain an FAA protocol, and we're thrilled that pilots can now
enjoy the benefits of NearVision CK."
FAA Protocol for Conductive Keratoplasty
U.S. pilots who are considering having conductive keratoplasty to improve
their vision may now do so without losing their aeromedical certification for
flying. First, before considering CK, the pilot should check with his or her
employer (if employed by the airlines) and/or flight medical examiner to
determine if CK is an appropriate treatment option and if post-CK vision meets
their individual requirements for flying.
For details on certification requirements and the complete protocol for
CK, please visit the Federal Aviation Administration website at www.faa.gov or
In 2004, Refractec's NearVision CK became the leading nonlaser refractive
procedure in the U.S. and is the fastest growing vision procedure since the
introduction of LASIK. To date, more than 125,000 CK treatments have been
performed worldwide and more than 800 physicians are certified to perform
About NearVision CK
NearVision CK uses radiofrequency energy, instead of a laser, to reshape
the cornea. There is no cutting and no removal of tissue. The procedure
takes less than three minutes and is done in-office with only topical
(eye drop) anesthesia. In FDA studies, 98 percent of patients could see J5
(magazine- and newspaper-size print) following the procedure and 87 percent
could read J3 or phonebook-sized print.
NearVision CK is performed using a probe thinner than a strand of hair
that releases radiofrequency energy. Applied to the cornea in a circular
pattern, the radio waves shrink small areas of collagen to create a
constrictive band (like the tightening of a belt) that increases the curvature
of the cornea, bringing near vision back into focus.
NearVision CK is indicated for the temporary improvement of near vision in
emmetropic presbyopes (those who require only reading glasses) and hyperopic
presbyopes (those who require reading and distance glasses).
Refractec, Inc. is a privately held ophthalmic technology company that
develops and markets minimally invasive procedures for ophthalmologists and
their baby boomer patients. Based in Irvine, Calif., Refractec provides
"Corrective Solutions for Near Vision" with its proprietary NearVision CK
(Conductive Keratoplasty) technology.
Patients can visit (www.myclearvision.com) or call 1-800-752-9544 for more
information on NearVision CK and to obtain a list of physicians.
SOURCE Refractec Inc.