Intacs Corneal Rings
A CLOSER LOOK AT KERATOCONUS
Keratoconus is a disease that causes a progressive thinning of the cornea, the clear front portion of the eye. As a result of this condition, the normal outward pressure from within the eye causes the cornea to progressively bulge into a cone-like shape. Keratoconus rarely results in total blindness although it can significantly impair vision and, according to experts, lead to the need for a corneal transplant in up to 20% of cases.
Keratoconus is estimated to affect one in 2,000 people across all races. It is normally treated with rigid contact lenses which are contoured to address the bulging cornea and to improve vision.
A CLOSER LOOK AT INTACS®
For those keratoconic patients who are contact lens intolerant ,Intacs corneal implants offer a less threatening option than a corneal transplant. Most physicians would prefer to delay a corneal transplant – to make it the option of last resort. Intacs corneal implants make this a possibility by improving functional vision, and possibly delaying the need to for a corneal transplant.The goal of the Intacs procedure is to provide the keratoconic patient with the ability to achieve improved functional vision with contact lenses or glasses. In the few Intacs patients who later hada corneal transplant after having the Intacs procedure, their transplants were completed without any complications.
Talk to your physician today to see if Intacs are right for you.
Benefits of Intacs for keratoconus.
• Safe, removable, replaceable.
• Reduces myopia and astigmatism associated with keratoconus.
• Restores the cornea to a more natural dome shape.
• Minimally invasive surgical procedure.
• Recovery period is days, compared to months for a corneal transplant.
• Improves quality of life.
• May delay need for corneal transplant.