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 corrective treatments including Contoura™ Vision, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), topography-guided special laser treatments, or Intacs corneal implants.
Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Andrew E. Holzman can determine whether Intacs or alternative treatments are the best option for you during your consultation. We have five practice locations serving Washington, D.C., and surrounding communities throughout Virginia and Maryland, allowing you to obtain high quality, state-of-the-art, and personalized care more conveniently than ever before.
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.
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.
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 or other treatments for keratoconus, 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.