Intacs corneal implants are typically used for the treatment of keratoconus eye disease in patients of Boulder and Denver, CO. Intacs corneal implants are a good option to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism in keratoconus patients, when functional vision is not achieved with eye glasses or contact lenses anymore. Intacs require a minimally invasive surgical procedure, during which the Intacs are inserted in your eye to improve your vision.
Keratoconus is an eye disease that causes thinning and bulging of the cornea. In time, Keratoconus causes your cornea to turn into a cone-like shape that will deteriorate your vision. Keratoconus causes nearsightedness and irregular astigmatism that progresses over time, and can eventually lead to the need for corneal transplants. Intacs can sometimes be used instead of corneal transplant to reshape the cornea and improve vision.
Intacs are made of plastic-polymer that helps reshape the cornea and improve your vision. Intacs are inserted in your eye under topical anesthesia and a mild sedative in our office. A small incision is made on the cornea, and the Intacs are placed in your eyes. The entire procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes.
Recovery from Intacs surgery typically takes a few weeks. You can go home immediately after the Intacs surgery, but you will need someone to drive you. You will receive eye drops to prevent infection and ease any discomfort you may experience. Follow-up visits to ensure proper healing are scheduled on a regular basis. Results from the Intacs surgery depend on your degree of keratoconus. If your vision continues to change, Intacs can be replaced.
Intacs can be an alternative for corneal transplant. Residents of Boulder and Denver, CO must at least 21 years old with no more than -3.0 D of myopia or 1.0 D of astigmatism. Intacs are not suitable for everyone. During your consultation, the surgeons at Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK will evaluate your situation, and decide whether you are a candidate for Intacs corneal implants.