Intacs

 intacs

Intacs refers to small segments of shaped plastic that are inserted into the cornea. They reshape the cornea just like rods used to straighten a deformed spinal cord. Intacs were developed to treat low degrees of short sightedness, and have also been used to correct damage from laser vision correction. 

In keratoconus, Intacs may improve vision in mild to moderate disease. Intacs will NOT cure keratoconus, and do NOT prevent progression of keratoconus. Intacs may be removed from the cornea if needed, and stromal transplantation may still be performed in most cases of Intacs. The beneficial effect of Intacs tends to lessen over time, with some studies showing a 50% reduction in effect over 3 years.intacs_insitu

Specialised assessment is required to recommend the implantation of Intacs. Dr Anthony Maloof specialises in advanced surgical treatment for keratoconus and tailors options to meet the requirements of the patient.   

 

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