The Benefits of Intacs® for Keratoconus Sufferers
Patients who suffer from the degenerative disorder called keratoconus have various traditional options to restore their vision, and, in severe cases, may require a corneal transplant. However, while a corneal transplant can effectively treat the disorder, Dr. Andrew Holzman offers a safe, minimally invasive alternative. Clear, thin inserts, called Intacs®, can be placed within the cornea to support weakened tissue and improve the shape of the eye. Patients who suffer from a mild case of myopia can also benefit from this advanced treatment option. To learn about the many benefits of Intacs®, please contact us at one of our Washington, DC-area practice locations.
A Closer Look at Advantages of Intacs®
Keratoconus causes the cornea to become thin, weak, and distorted in shape. For patients suffering from this condition, Intacs® offer many significant benefits:
- Less Invasive: As opposed to a corneal transplant, which requires the removal of a portion of the cornea, Intacs® are placed during a minimally invasive procedure that involves only a single incision on the surface of the cornea.
- Fast Procedure: The outpatient procedure typically only takes 15 minutes per eye.
- Quick Results: The majority of patients report improved vision within the first day following their procedure.
- Improved Comfort: Once inserted, patients will not be able to feel the implants.
- Great Success: Clinical studies have found that 97 percent of patients achieve 20/40 vision or better. Nearly 74 percent achieve 20/20 vision or better, and more than 50 percent achieve 20/16 or better.
- Reduced Progression of Keratoconus: The progression of keratoconus is reduced following Intacs® placement, deferring, and even preventing, the need for corneal transplant surgery.
- Preservation of the Cornea: The inserts help to preserve the central part of the cornea, which can become weakened as the keratoconus progresses.
- Minimized Risk of Complications: Like all types of surgery, there are some risks associated with the procedure. However, this FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) approved treatment is considered to be very safe.
For patients suffering from myopia, Intacs® offer a unique set of benefits as well. Unlike contacts, Intacs® do not require any type of specialized care or upkeep. If your prescription changes over time, they can also be removed and replaced.
The progression of keratoconus is reduced following Intacs® placement, deferring, and even preventing, the need for corneal transplant surgery.
Candidacy and Other Considerations
A large number of patients are considered to be eligible for Intacs®. To qualify for the implants, patients must:
- Be at least 21 years of age, and have had stable vision for at least one year
- Have a minor case of myopia or an astigmatism as a result of keratoconus
- Be unable to achieve satisfactory vision from glasses or contact lenses
- Not have any scarring or infection of the cornea
During your consultation, Dr. Holzman will thoroughly examine your eyes and learn more about your overall health. If it is determined that Intacs® are right for you, we can schedule a date and time for your procedure. He may also recommended combined treatment with corneal cross-linking for optimal results.
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If you are suffering from keratoconus, and are unable achieve improved vision through glasses or contacts, Intacs® may be the best option for you. If you would like to know more about this ground-breaking procedure, please contact us today.
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