Intacs® Treatment for Keratoconus
Although prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses can treat the symptoms of keratoconus, they can only provide effective vision correction up to a point. If corrective eyewear is no longer effective for your condition, you may be a good candidate for Intacs corneal implants.
Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Andrew E. Holzman can surgically place these implants in your affected eyes to gently refine weakened corneas into their proper shapes and improve your vision. The doctor provides this innovative treatment at his five practice locations serving Washington, D.C., and surrounding communities throughout Virginia and Maryland.
Made of thin, clear, semicircular rings, Intacs are surgically placed in the cornea to flatten its surface. When needed, Dr. Holzman can remove the implants to adjust their size to changing vision needs. Patients can also opt to remove the Intacs entirely to pursue other treatment options.
A study performed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that Intacs generated good results for corneal shape and visual acuity in patients with advanced keratoconus with no major side effects or complications. As a result, Intacs are the only intracorneal segments approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the correction of corneal issues.
More than 97 percent of patients who receive Intacs achieve safe and legal driving vision.
How are They Placed?
Intacs are placed during a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that usually lasts 15 to 20 minutes. To reduce discomfort, Dr. Holzman begins by applying anesthetic eye drops to the affected eye. To allow for greater access during the procedure, the doctor will use a speculum to gently hold your eye open.
Dr. Holzman will then create a single incision in the surface of your cornea, create room for the Intacs, and place the implants in their optimal locations. Because these implants work in pairs, one is placed on each side of your cornea to create a rounded support structure. Once they are securely in place, the incisions are closed and patients can return home to recover.
Your Expected Results
During the weeks following your surgery, you will return to our office for follow-up visits. Dr. Holzman will carefully monitor your healing and the results of your procedure. Through this surgery, we have achieved impressive results:
- More than 97 percent of patients who receive Intacs achieve legal driving vision
- More than 50 percent of patients achieve 20/20 eyesight or better
It is important to remember that, depending on the severity of your condition and your results, you may still require corrective eyewear for the best possible vision.
Reducing the Risks After Surgery
Although corneal implant surgery is very safe and successful, there are still risks and potential side effects, including:
- Infection at the surgical site
- Glare or halos
- Blurry or fluctuating vision
Dr. Holzman and his team will instruct you on proper aftercare to ensure you achieve the best results possible.
Undo the Effects of Keratoconus
Our offices provide free consultations for patients considering corrective eye surgery. Our team uses state-of-the-art technology to find a treatment that works best for your needs and achieve optimal outcomes. To learn more about Intacs corneal implants, contact us online or call our office at (703) 753-7224.
“Dr. Holzman is the best - very honest, very professional yet very friendly and personable.” Ben E.