Intacs® for Keratoconus
If you have been told by Dr. Blanton or another cornea specialist that LASIK Surgery isn’t for you – don’t worry there may be an alternative to glasses or contacts.
At Inland Eye LASIK we offer Intacs® corneal implants as a treatment for keratoconus.
How Intacs Work
Intacs are small, micro-thin corneal implants that are inserted into your cornea. They are designed to reshape the curvature of the cornea – not by removing corneal tissue as in LASIK surgery – but by adding ultra-thin ring segments to push out the sides of your cornea, shaping your eye so it is round again.
The procedure takes about 10 minutes per eye
- A small incision is made on the cornea.
- Your doctor separates the inner layers of the cornea to allow for the insertion of the implant.
- The implants are carefully and gently placed into the eye to flatten the cornea.
- The incision is closed.
After the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home. Some patients report seeing better after the first day; others may need a couple days of rest to maximize healing time. Depending on your degree of keratoconus, you may still need glasses or contact lenses for functional vision.
Does Insurance Cover Intacs®?
Insurance plans vary, but there are some situations in which insurance will cover your Intacs® surgery. We encourage you to ask about your benefit coverage with your insurance provider.
Benefits of Intacs
- Corrects mild nearsightedness
- Virtually invisible