Although LASIK is by far the most popular type of vision correction surgery, it might not be the ideal solution for everyone. If you suffer from moderate myopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism, Intacs™may be an effective alternative solution for you.
Keratoconus is a condition affecting many people. It causes blurry vision due to thinning of the cornea. This thinning causes astigmatism of an irregular type. The condition is progressive and is not amenable to treatment with standard laser vision correction. However, a FDA-approved technology called Intacs Implantation can help by strengthening the corneal curvature. A stronger more regularly shaped cornea can provide better vision and possibly avoid or delay the potential need for a corneal transplant.
What are Intacs™?
Intacs are micro-thin, semi-circular implant segments that are inserted just under the outer edge of your cornea. By flattening the curvature of your cornea from within, Intacs™ allow light to more effectively pass through your cornea and focus on your retina. In turn, this provides sharp, clear vision without the need to remove corneal tissue.
The Intacs surgical procedure is performed using strong numbing eyedrops for anesthesia. The procedure is virtually painless, taking around 15 to 20 minutes to complete for both eyes. After the procedure, you may experience some very mild discomfort that feels similar to an eyelash being stuck in your eye. This feeling generally only lasts for the first 24 to 36 hours post-surgery. You will begin to see dramatic improvement in your vision the first day following surgery.
During LASIK, your cornea is permanently reshaped. This provides clear vision for a number of years, but may require additional surgeries as your eyes age. With Intacs, prescription changes can easily be handled by inserting ring-segments, eliminating the need for the removal of additional corneal tissue. Intacs may be an appropriate option for patients with thin corneas or irregular corneas. In certain cases patients with a condition known as keratoconus may be candidates for Intacs. Dr. Kelly can explain how Intacs may strengthen the cornea and halt or dramatically decrease the progression of keratoconus.
Are Intacs™ Safe?
Intacs were approved by the FDA after 11 years of clinical trials and research. Like all surgeries, a small degree of risk is involved, such as infection and postoperative discomfort. However, by following Dr. Kelly’s post-surgery advice, these risks can be greatly reduced.
Intacs can be a valuable alternative to LASIK vision correction, but they might not be right for every patient. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kelly will discuss all of your options with you and help you determine which vision correction surgery best fits your needs and circumstances.
If you live in or around Manhattan or Long Island, New York and are interested in learning more about Intacs, please contact the experienced eye surgery staff at the Kelly Laser Center today to schedule your free consultation.