Corneal implants (Intacs) are not for everyone.
Intacs are prescription corneal implants that were previously used as a form of refractive surgery for treating low level myopia and nearsightedness. Recently, this surgical option has been approved for use in treating keratoconus. The insertion of Intacs in the cornea is considered to be a safe procedure, but there can be some side effects, including infection, pain or discomfort for up to 48 hours, glare and halos, and allergic reaction to anesthetic eye drops.
Given the significant cost and potential side effects of Intacs, and the possibility that keratoconus can be more effectively treated with keratoconus contact lenses, such as scleral lenses, this surgical procedure should not be considered as the primary treatment option for keratoconus.
Non-surgical treatments that get results.
Precision’s keratoconus treatment protocol varies depending on each patient’s individual needs, and may include scleral contact lenses, other specialty contact lenses, and dry eye treatments. With appropriate treatment, 20/20 vision can be restored for patients with keratoconus.
Importantly, our doctors focus on non-surgical treatment options. Many of our patients have been recommended by other doctors to undergo surgery, such as corneal transplants or corneal implants (Intacs). The Keratoconus Institute of Maryland’s non-surgical treatment protocol has resulted in restored vision for many of these patients. Additionally, many patients who have already undergone these surgeries still have vision issues and now turn to The Keratoconus Institute of Maryland for help.
Why do keratoconus patients continue to suffer?
The main reason why keratoconus patients continue to suffer from their symptoms is the lack of an adequate evaluation and treatment protocol from experienced doctors. Most patients seeking The Keratoconus Institute of Maryland’s assistance have seen several other eye care practitioners before coming to us. A meticulous, detailed evaluation is vital to tailoring a successful treatment program that will restore your vision.