Patients with keratoconus may experience blurry vision, double vision, nearsightedness, astigmatism, or light sensitivity. Dr. Kruger and the physicians at Associates in Eyecare are highly qualified to treat this common condition, offering Intacs® Corneal Implants.
Common Questions about Intacs® Corneal Implants
What is keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a condition in which the clear tissue of the cornea thins and bulges outwards to a cone shape. The cone shape prevents light from directly hitting the retina, disrupting normal vision. It is a progressive eye disease that can occur in just one eye or both eyes. Typically, it is diagnosed in teenagers or patients in their early 20s.
What causes keratoconus?
Researchers believe the thinning of the corneal tissue which causes keratoconus is due to enzyme imbalances, which is believed to be a genetic predisposition. Excessive eye rubbing, poorly fitting contact lenses, chronic eye irritation, and overexposure to the sun’s UV rays are also risk factors for keratoconus.
What are Intacs® Corneal Implants?
Intacs® Implants are devices used to reduce or eliminate myopia and astigmatism in keratoconus patients. With Intacs®, patients suffering from severe keratoconus may be able to defer the need for a corneal transplant or more invasive procedure.
How are Intacs® placed?
Intacs® are surgically inserted into the periphery of the cornea through a very small incision. Our physicians are highly experienced with and skilled at placing such devices, which are available in varying thicknesses to meet the unique needs of each of our patients. The procedure typically takes about 15 minutes per eye, and patients may resume normal activities in two to three days.
What are the advantages for Intacs® Corneal Implants, as opposed to other treatment options?
Patients suffering from keratoconus could receive a corneal transplant, which is a procedure to remove a section of the corneal tissues and replace it with a donor corneal tissue. This procedure requires a long recovery time and has a higher risk factor due to its invasive nature. Intacs® are a desirable treatment option because they reshape eye using its natural cornea by provided the needed structure.
If you’re suffering from keratoconus, contact our office—we will guide you through your options to achieve optimal eye health.