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New Solution for Keratoconus

Most eye dis­eases and con­di­tions that are age relat­ed often begin lat­er dur­ing an individual’s life but a few start ear­li­er. Ker­a­to­conus is one such dis­ease that begins dur­ing a person’s teens or ear­ly 20’s. This pro­gres­sive eye dis­ease caus­es thin­ning of corneal lay­ers of the eye, which results in dis­tinc­tive bulging of the nor­mal­ly flat cornea. The cone shape of the cornea deflects light enter­ing the eye, which dis­torts the vision of the indi­vid­ual. New research sug­gests that an imbal­ance in corneal enzymes leads to sus­cep­ti­bil­i­ty to oxida­tive dam­age (weakening/thinning) from free rad­i­cals.

While there were only a few real­is­tic treat­ment options for indi­vid­u­als who suf­fered from ker­a­to­conus pri­or to 2004, the FDA for­mal­ly approved Intacs to be used as corneal implants giv­ing patients an less inva­sive option com­pared to corneal trans­plants. This allowed eye sur­geons to use Intacs surgery to treat, reduce or elim­i­nate myopia and astig­ma­tism in patients that suf­fered from ker­a­to­conus. The Intacs pro­ce­dure involves insert­ing two tiny, clear cres­cent-shaped poly­mer pieces into the lay­ers of the cornea to reshape and flat­ten the bulge cre­at­ed by ker­a­to­conus.  

Dia­mond Vision’s award-win­ning sur­geons per­form a vari­ety of vision enhanc­ing and cor­rect­ing pro­ce­dures and Intacs corneal implants is one of them. For patients that strug­gle with an intol­er­ance to con­tact lens­es or face corneal trans­plants, Intacs pro­vide excep­tion­al results. After sta­bi­liz­ing the cornea, the patient’s near­sight­ed­ness and astig­ma­tism are elim­i­nat­ed due to the new­ly shaped cornea. If, due to an extreme­ly small and unlike­ly chance, that a patient is unsat­is­fied with the results of the Intacs pro­ce­dure, the Intacs are eas­i­ly removed with­out com­pli­ca­tions.

With nine con­ve­nient loca­tions in New York, New Jer­sey, Con­necti­cut and Geor­gia, you’ll be sure to find a loca­tion near­by. Con­tact Dia­mond Vision today to set up your free con­sul­ta­tion to see if Intac corneal implants are right for you and your vision.

July 14th, 2017|Comments Off on New Solution for Keratoconus

About the Author:

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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