The Top 5 Questions About Intacs
If you have certain eye conditions like astigmatism, keratoconus, or nearsightedness you may be a good candidate for something called intacs. Intacs are crescent-shaped inserts that are implanted into your cornea to improve your vision.
Within 12 months of the surgery, over 95 percent of patients have 20/40 vision or better. Here are five other things you should know about intacs:
How do intacs work?
Intacs are corneal rings that are implanted in the eyes to improve vision. They help flatten the cornea into the right shape. Intacs are designed to stay in your eyes permanently but they can be removed if you experience any negative side effects.
How do I know if I need intacs?
If you have keratoconus then you most likely qualify for intacs. The best way to learn if you are a candidate for intacs is to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
What happens during the procedure?
Anytime you need to have a procedure done on your eyes it can feel scary. But having intacs inserted is a very safe and quick process. Your doctor will numb your eyes prior to the procedure so you won’t feel anything.
During the surgery, your doctor will create an opening on your cornea and then insert the intacs through that opening. The actual procedure will only be about 10 minutes per eye.
How long is the recovery time?
The recovery time is fairly short. You will probably need to take a couple days to rest but most people are back to their regular activities within a couple days.
What happens if my vision changes in the future?
If your vision changes in the future you can either have new intacs inserted or you can have them removed entirely. Having your intacs removed is just as safe and quick as having them inserted. Make sure to follow up with your doctor about any concerns or questions you have.