Kerataconus is a progressive eye disease in which the corneal tissue of the eye thins out and causes the cornea itself to protrude out like a cone. This causes blurred vision, which will continue to worsen over time.
People usually develop the disease in their teens, and go through various stages of treatment as the condition progresses, ultimately reaching a point where specialized glasses or contacts are no longer effective at correcting a patient’s vision.
Originally approved by the FDA in the late nineties for the correction of mild nearsightedness, Intacs are curved clear plastic rings that are inserted into the cornea to reshape and stabilize its curvature.
In 2004, the FDA approved the use of Intacs® to specifically treat myopia and astigmatism for patients suffering from keratoconus whose vision can no longer be restored with glasses or contacts.
The plastic rings are inserted into the edges of the cornea, where they effectively stretch the cornea flatter, thereby smoothing out the steepness of the keratoconus cone. This allows light to refocus on the back of the retina, and restore clear vision.
“Most of the patients that I treated have experienced increased best-corrected vision, improved quality of vision, and stabilization of the deterioration. Clinical outcomes data shows that the use of Intacs™ has slowed the progression of the disease, which should obviate the need for a cornea transplant for most patients who are eventually treated in this fashion.”
Price Vision Group prides itself by staying on the cutting edge of surgical advancement. That’s why their surgeons perform Intacs™ insertion using an advanced device known as the WaveLight® FS200.This method utilizes a laser to create small curved pockets in the cornea for easy insertion of the Intacs.
“The clinical significance for using the laser incision, is that it provides a smooth and consistently guided depth in which to place the Intacs™ device, providing a less traumatic surgical impact to the cornea. This approach prevents scarring defects and helps to flatten the cornea, thus minimizing astigmatism and distortions in the visual outcome. The only other alternative is to utilize a hand instrument to hollow out the grooves in which the Intacs™ will rest. That process takes longer and the depth and curvature may be less consistent, which ultimately impacts on the visual outcome, comfort, and recovery process to the patient.”
Dr. Price believes that the use of Intacs™ administered by the WaveLight® FS200 device will prove to be the standard of care for Keratoconus in the future, and we are proud to be one of the first centers in Indiana to adopt this advanced treatment option and offer it to our patients.
If you would like to learn more about the Intacs procedure for the treatment of keratoconus, please contact us by calling (800) 317-3937 today.