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. and surrounding communities. 

Why should you consider Intacs to improve your vision?

Advantages of Intacs

What are Intacs?

Intacs implant

Intacs implants are usually placed in pairs that together form a full circle and support the entire cornea. 

Made of thin, clear, semicircular rings, Intacs are surgically placed in the cornea to flatten its surface. 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.

Are Intacs a trusted treatment solution?

High Success Rates

In a study of 454 surgeries, 

According to Addition Technology, Inc


While primarily targeting keratoconus, Intacs also address subsequential vision issues...

For Keratoconus Patients with:

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, studies have shown that other procedures such as Contoura Vision, PRK, and photography-guided laser treatments can correct keratoconus with higher-yielding results than Intacs. Other procedures can improve vision using different techniques:

Dr. Holzman will recommend which procedure will produce the best outcomes during your appointment. No matter which treatment method you and Dr. Holzman choose, you can expect to enjoy freedom from keratoconus symptoms such as blurry, distorted, or double 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 locationsrequest an appointment online or call (703) 556-9155.

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