If you have been told that corrective eyewear is no longer effective for your keratoconus, you may feel hopeless. However, Intacs® corneal implants may be an option for you.
Board-certified ophthalmologist Andrew E. Holzman provides this state-of-the-art treatment at his five practice locations serving Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
Why should you consider Intacs to improve your vision?
Are Intacs a trusted treatment solution?
In a study of 454 surgeries,
While primarily targeting keratoconus, Intacs also address subsequential vision issues...
Are Intacs Right for You?
During your consultation, Dr. Holzman will evaluate your case to determine which corneal correction treatment is right for you.
Although Intacs can be a great option for some patients, there are other procedures that can improve vision using different techniques:
- Contoura: This treatment corrects aberrations on the surface of the cornea using a topography-guided laser calibrated to your eyes
- PRK: Though PRK is usually performed to treat refractive errors, studies have found that it is a viable option for keratoconus treatment
- Topography-guided laser treatments: Dr. Holzman can create a specialized surgery tailored to your unique corneal surface
During your appointment, Dr. Holzman will recommend the procedure he believes will produce the best outcomes.
Are Intacs a safe treatment option?
Safe & Effective
A 2008 study 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.
How Corneal Implants Work
Corneal implants are thin inserts that are composed of a clear, biocompatible material. Intacs implants are usually placed in pairs that together form a full circle and support the entire cornea. Once placed in the eye, Intacs reshape the cornea by flattening the surface to improve vision.
How are They Placed?
If Intacs are deemed the appropriate choice, they can be placed during a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that usually lasts 15 to 20 minutes. To reduce discomfort, anesthetic eye drops will be applied to the affected eye before the procedure.
Expected Results with Intacs
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.
More than 97 percent of patients who receive Intacs achieve safe and legal driving 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.
Dr. Andrew E. Holzman
Dr. Holzman is a board-certified ophthalmologist and the LASIK surgeon other eye doctors trust. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field and has performed over 75,000 LASIK, PRK, and other ophthalmologic procedures.
To schedule your free consultation at one of our many practice locations, request an appointment online or call (703) 556-9155.
“Dr. Holzman is the best - very honest, very professional yet very friendly and personable.” Ben E.