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How Can Intacs Corneal Implants Benefit You?

Intacs Corneal Implants are main­ly used for the treat­ment of Ker­a­to­conus. Ker­a­to­conu­sis a degen­er­a­tive dis­or­der of the eye in which the cornea thins and becomes a more con­i­cal shape rather than the nor­mal grad­ual curve. The dis­ease can progress to a point where con­tact lens­es or glass­es no longer become a use­ful form of vision cor­rec­tion.

Intacs Corneal Implants are a step that is between con­tact lens­es and a corneal trans­plant. They were orig­i­nal­ly approved by the FDA in 1999 for mild myopia and were grant­ed a Human­i­tar­i­an Device Exemp­tion in 2004, also by the FDA, due to Intacs’ safe­ty record. In 2006 the FDA declared that Intacs implants were ther­a­peu­tic devices that could be described as implants rather than inserts.

Intacs Corneal Implants are designed for long term vision cor­rec­tion with numer­ous ben­e­fits such as:

  • It is an out­pa­tient pro­ce­dure
  • The pro­ce­dure is less inva­sive than a corneal trans­plant
  • Can be removed if your pre­scrip­tion changes, or if it needs to be removed for oth­er rea­sons.
  • Takes about 15 min­utes per eye
  • Recov­ery time can take any­where from a few days to a few months

Even though it is an out­pa­tient pro­ce­dure, there should be some­one else dri­ving you home as there we anes­thetiz­ing drops in your eye and you will be giv­en a mild seda­tive. Intacs also do not require main­te­nance once they are placed in the cornea.

Intacs is can even be used for severe near­sight­ed­ness on its own or in con­junc­tion with the use of LASIK surgery.

There are a few things that can make you a can­di­date for Intacs such as an inabil­i­ty to have ade­quate vision cor­rec­tion with glass­es for con­tacts and a corneal trans­plant is the only option to improve your vision, plus you have to be 21 years old or old­er. Some peo­ple might still need to use glass­es after hav­ing Intacs implant­ed as Intacs does not cor­rect pres­by­opia, and it is not rec­om­mend­ed to wear con­tact lens­es on an eye with an Intacs implant.

As with any pro­ce­dure there are a few things that would pre­vent you from being able to receive Intacts: http://www.triadeye.com/intacs/

  • Autoim­mune or immun­od­e­fi­cien­cy dis­ease: The body would attack the site of the implant or cause even more prob­lems or with low­ered immune response.
  • Tak­ing pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tion that could affect the heal­ing of the cornea.
  • Preg­nant or nurs­ing
  • Exten­sive thin­ning of the cornea due to Ker­a­to­conus.

The inser­tion of the Intacs caus­es the cornea to flat­ten. The cornea’s main func­tion is to bend light and focus­ing the light that goes into the eye.

If the cornea has too much cur­va­ture, such as the case with Ker­a­to­conus or near­sight­ed­ness, then it does not focus the light prop­er­ly and objects at a dis­tance can appear fuzzy.

In the Unit­ed States clin­i­cal stud­ies: 97% of peo­ple with Intacs were able to see 20/40 or bet­ter after their pro­ce­dure, 74% saw 20/20 or bet­ter with 20/20 being the stan­dard for per­fect vision and 53% were able to see 20/16, which is bet­ter than per­fect vision.

As with any pro­ce­dure there is always a pos­si­bil­i­ty of com­pli­ca­tions. The com­pli­ca­tions with Intacs can be glare, night vision dif­fi­cul­ties, over-cor­rec­tion or under-cor­rec­tion and haloes. But com­pli­ca­tions with Intacs are low, only being around four to six per­cent and if there are any com­pli­ca­tions that neces­si­tates the removal of the implants, Intacs and be removed, espe­cial­ly if the pre­scrip­tion of the eye changes at a lat­er date.

If you wish to have the Intacs Corneal Implant, be sure to find an Opthal­mol­o­gist who is able to do the pro­ce­dure as they are able to per­form eye surgery, unlike Optometrists and Opti­cians.

October 24th, 2015|Comments Off on How Can Intacs Corneal Implants Benefit You?

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Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.

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