What Are Intacs

Mr Glenn Carp – “Intacs are small plastic type rings that can be inserted within the cornea itself.  A little channel is created in the cornea using a femtosecond laser or a mechanical process and these little plastic rings can be then inserted into these channels within the mid zone of the cornea, so they are not really felt by the patient on the surface and you are not going into the eye to insert these rings but what they do essentially is they stretch the cornea outwards flattening the central cornea, so in patients with keratoconus where they have developed a cone in the centre of the cornea and slightly inferiorly for example, these rings will then by virtue of placing them into the mid periphery flatten the central cornea allowing it to achieve a much more spherical and a much smoother shape and in turn improving the vision.”

Intacs Explained Further…

Intacs® prescription inserts are indicated for use in the correction of nearsightedness and astigmatism for patients with keratoconus, where contact lenses and glasses are no longer suitable.

If you are found suitable for the Intacs® procedure, the steps are:

  • Anaesthetic drops numb the eye, which an instrument holds open throughout the procedure to prevent blinking.
  • A surgeon makes a single, small incision in the surface of the cornea.
  • The eye is prepared for Intacs® placement. To stabilize your eye and ensure proper alignment of the Intacs® inserts, the guide is placed on the surface of your eye. During this time, inner layers of the cornea are gently separated in a narrow circular area to allow for Intacs® placement.
  • The Intacs® inserts are gently placed. After the second Intacs® insert is placed, the small opening in the cornea is closed.
  • The procedure is completed. The placement of Intacs® inserts remodels and reinforces your cornea, eliminating some or all of the irregularities caused by keratoconus in order to provide you with improved vision.

Follow-up visits will be required to monitor the healing process and evaluate the visual benefits of the procedure. Even after a successful procedure, glasses or contacts still may be required to provide you with good vision. Mr Glenn Carp talks about intacs.

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