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.