Learn More about Intacs® Safety, Side Effects, and Success Rate
Dr. Andrew Holzman offers a variety of treatments for keratoconus. Glasses and contacts are typically enough to restore sharp vision. However, if you have a more severe case, you may require more advanced treatment. Intacs® are corneal implants that will fortify your weak corneas so that they return to their normal, spherical shape. If you could benefit from this treatment, Dr. Holzman can explain Intacs® safety and risks at his Washington, D.C., area practice. This innovative treatment has a remarkably high success rate and a low risk for complications. Nevertheless, because Intacs® are relatively new, it is important to find a qualified surgeon to perform your procedure. Dr. Holzman is one of a select group of doctors who is approved to place Intacs®.
Intacs®: An Overview
Keratoconus is a degenerative condition that occurs when the collagen fibers in your corneas begin to break down. As a result, they will start to thin, taking on a conical shape. With this irregular form, your eyes will not be able to refract light properly. Light will not land in the center of your retina, so your brain will register a blurred or distorted image.
Intacs® are incredibly successful. Ninety-seven percent of patients enjoy 20/40 vision or better without glasses.
Intacs® are made of advanced medical plastic. Dr. Holzman will place these implants just below the surface of your corneas. As they fortify the tissues, they will also flatten your corneas, reducing their conical shape. Intacs® require only very tiny incisions.
Intacs® Are Proven Safe and Successful
Intacs® are incredibly successful. Ninety-seven percent of patients enjoy 20/40 vision or better without glasses (the legal limit to drive). Seventy-four percent of patients enjoy 20/20 vision, and more than half of all patients have 20/16 vision. Of course, like all medical procedures, Intacs® surgery does pose a risk of side effects. These could include infection, blurred vision, glare, and halos. However, these risks are very slight, especially when you are in Dr. Holzman’s skilled hands. In fact, due to the high rate of success and low chances of side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Intacs® for the treatment of keratoconus and myopia.
Common Concerns about Intacs®
Despite FDA approval, some patients are still apprehensive about Intacs®. Common concerns include:
- Intacs® will require a long recovery. In fact, healing after Intacs® placement is very short, and it is significantly faster than the recovery from a corneal transplant. In most cases, you can resume your normal activities in two to three days.
- Intacs® surgery will involve significant discomfort. Dr. Holzman will administer anesthetic eye drops, so you should feel very little during your treatment. Additionally, because the incisions are so small, you should experience minimal inflammation after your procedure.
- Intacs® surgery is lengthy. Actually, the surgery usually takes just 15 minutes per eye.
- I will have to have Intacs® replaced multiple times. Although the implants are easy to remove or replace, if needed, they are intended to be a permanent solution. Additionally, they do not require significant maintenance, other than regular eye exams.
Contact Us to Learn More about This Effective Treatment Option
If you have further concerns about Intacs®, contact our office today. Dr. Holzman will be happy to answer your questions and determine whether these implants may be right for you.
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