At the Adventist Vision Centre, the Intacs procedure is done with the IntraLase Femtosecond laser. The IntraLase Intacs Femtosecond laser (IntraLase) allows more comfortable Most keratoconus patients are unaware that they have implantation of the micro-thin prescription inserts the disease. Initially, they experience increasing blurry R compared with the conventional mechanical method of vision, or a progressive change in their prescription implantation. Often, doctors have had to remove Intacs glasses. If you are suffering from this, please consult your that were too superficially placed using the mechanical ophthalmologist or optometrist for advice. technique, only to get an excellent result when inserted CORNEAL IMPLANTS with the safer and more accurate IntraLase technique. For more information about Intacs, please call or email the Adventist Vision Centre. Here are a few things you need to know about Intacs in keratoconus: Intacs CORNEAL IMPLANTS R www.adventist-ilasik.com www.intacsForKeratoconus.com Information is correct at time of print. Tel: 604-222 7792 / 222 7793 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 465, Jalan Burma, 10350 Penang, Malaysia Source: Yaron S, Rabinowitz, M.D, Cornea-Genetic Eye Institute. Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, Los Angeles. Tel: 604-227 7200 Fax: 604-226 3366 LoCall: 1-300-88-4325 (HEAL) Email: email@example.com Website: www.pah.com.my For internal distribution only. Printed :03/2010 After the Intacs surgery, most people achieve better vision. Intacs implants are tiny, clear crescent-shaped Keratoconus is a corneal disease that makes the cornea You are encouraged to rest for a couple of days to prescription inserts which are placed in the periphery of weak and causes it to gradually bulge outwards. accelerate the healing. Fluctuation of vision during the the cornea (under the surface) to treat the bulging of the initial weeks can be expected. cornea caused by Keratoconus. You won’t feel the Intacs implants as they are placed The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Intacs are specially designed beneath the cornea’s nerve endings. They are not visible has approved the Intacs procedure for the treatment of crescent-shaped implants, to others unless they look very closely into your eyes. Keratoconus. which are placed under the surface of the cornea. They Follow-up visits will be required to monitor the healing work by flattening the steep process and evaluate the visual benefits of the procedure. part of the cornea to reduce After a successful procedure, glasses or contact lenses, vision distortions. Surgeons typically with a lower prescription power than before the will choose the appropriate procedure, may be required to provide you with the best- ring thickness. The thicker the ring, the more it will flatten corrected vision. It is a corneal disease that makes the cornea weak and the cornea which increases the level of vision correction causes it to gradually bulge outwards. Keratoconus is a achieved. As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks, progressive disease. Most often, the bulging at first including infection. Some patients experience visual presents as astigmatism. However, not all astigmatism is symptoms including difficulty with night vision, glare, halos due to keratoconus. In mild or early stages of keratoconus, and fluctuating vision. eyeglasses may correct the astigmatic vision. In advanced stages of keratoconus, scarring of the cornea can occur The ring segments flatten and will disturb the vision. As keratoconus progresses, your cornea similarly to the the light rays entering the eye become significantly way you can flatten the top distorted, the quality of one’s vision deteriorates and of a tent by pushing on the contact lenses and glasses can no longer help. sides. ( G r a p h i c s c o u r t e s y o f t h e m a n u f a c t u r e r. ) The Intacs procedure typically takes about 15-20 minutes per eye. Depending on the degree of Keratoconus in each individual, one or two Intacs implants are inserted underneath Bulging of the cornea in a keratoconic patient the cornea surface.