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?
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?
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, 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:
- Contoura: Smoothes out aberrations on the surface of the cornea using a topography-guided laser personalized to your eyes
- PRK: Though PRK is usually used to treat refractive errors with a laser, studies have found that it is an extremely viable option for keratoconus treatment
- Topography-guided laser treatments: Dr. Holzman can create a specialized surgery tailored to your unique corneal map
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 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.