Intacs Corneal Inserts or Implants – Proven Treatment for Keratoconus
Intacs corneal inserts or implants are a minimally invasive surgical option used primarily for the treatment of keratoconus. The FDA in July 2004 granted Intacs a Humanitarian Device Exemption for use in the treatment of keratoconus largely because of Intacs’ safety record and because only a few treatment options, such as corneal transplants, were available for keratoconus.
How Do Intacs Work?
For treating nearsightedness, Intacs correct vision by flattening the cornea to refocus light rays and improve vision. For keratoconus, Intacs work by flattening the steep part of the cornea or cone to reduce vision distortions.
If you are considering Intacs surgery for keratoconus, your first step is to have a comprehensive eye exam by Dr. Bley at NY LASIK who specializes in the procedure. He or she will examine your eyes and perform a number of measurements to determine if the procedure is likely to improve your vision.
Best Candidates for Intacs
Keratoconus, poor vision with glasses or contact lenses
- Procedure time: about 15 minutes/eye
- Typical results: crisper, clearer vision without glasses or contact lenses
- Recovery time: a few days to several months