INTACS KERATOCONUS PDF

Boxer Wachler, MD Intacs corneal inserts or implants are a minimally invasive surgical option used primarily for the treatment of keratoconus. Originally FDA -approved in for the surgical treatment of mild myopia The approval allows Intacs to be marketed for reduction or elimination of myopia and astigmatism in keratoconus patients where functional vision is no longer obtained with contact lenses or eyeglasses. In early January , the FDA formally acknowledged that Intacs implants are therapeutic devices that can be described in company literature as corneal implants, rather than prescription inserts.

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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. Importantly, our doctors focus on non-surgical treatment options. 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.

A meticulous, detailed evaluation is vital to tailoring a successful treatment program that will restore your vision.

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INTACS for KERATOCONUS

I am now able to see perfectly without glasses or contacts. Before the surgery I feared the thought of eventually losing my sight and needing transplants, but now I have a whole new lookout on life and my future. Ashley Lamb, Patient Services Representative, Brentwood I feel very lucky to have found and taken part in these new and exciting treatments for keratoconus. The treatments were quick with minimal discomfort.

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Corneal Implants (Intacs)

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.

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