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					At the Adventist Vision Centre, the Intacs procedure is
done with the IntraLase Femtosecond laser. The IntraLase

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
                                                                                                                                     CORNEAL IMPLANTS


                                                                                                            Information is correct at time of print.

                                                                                                                       Tel: 604-222 7792 / 222 7793

                                                                                                            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)

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                                                                                                                                                                     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.