Intacs for keratoconus treatment in New Jersey and NYC. Dr. Joseph Colin in France first conceived of the concept of using INTACS to treat patients with keratoconus and published his first report on the safety and. Am J Ophthalmol. Feb;(2) Epub Nov Long-term follow-up of Intacs in keratoconus. Kymionis GD(1), Siganos CS, Tsiklis NS.

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The suction device is removed and the ring keratkconus are inserted into the channels [7]. The treatments were quick with minimal discomfort. Corneal ectatic disease may impair vision which can be restored by optical means such as glasses, soft, or rigid gas permeable contact lenses. Note improvement in corneal contour and symmetry postoperatively. Levinger S, Pokroy R.

Intacs Surgery for Keratoconus | KC Inserts Treatment

It was first evaluated as a treatment for myopia by Keravision. Colin et al were the first to report the use of these rings in keratoconus [5].

INTACS inserts using the femtosecond laser compared to the mechanical spreader in the treatment of keratoconus. The material contained on this site is keratoconua informational purposes only and inatcs not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Since many patients receiving this treatment are young and have large pupils, which might extend beyond the 7mm optical zone complaints of halo and glare are not uncommon. Rarely in cases of Post Lasik ectasia the Intacs can erode into the plane of the flap in such cases the intacs should be removed reinserted deeper and the flap can be sutured with good long-term results.

However, it can be selected by the patient and imtacs as an “off-label” procedure if appropriate. Intacs are performed at Dr. Effect of age on outcomes in patients with keratoconus treated by Intacs using a femtosecond laser. Once this insertion is completed, the small opening in the cornea is closed with a suture.


Suture depth should be to the level of the stromal pocket, this prevents segment migration. The Intacs inserts are placed. Even after a successful procedure, glasses or contacts may be required. Then a semi-automated suction ring is placed around the limbus. Performing INTACS in such patients can be tricky and should only be done by experienced surgeons, since it is very easy to create your channel in the plane of the LASIK flap thereby dislocating the flap and getting minimal effect.

Corneal infections after implantation of intracorneal ring segments. Suture knots should be buried. These include changing Intacs size or position, adding supplemental keratoconux such as Conductive Keratoplasty CKand other techniques.

To facilitate this it is important to hydrate the cornea, identify the lip of the circular incision with a sinskey hook and then while putting upward pressure on the sinskey hook to keep the lip open place the INTACS under and advance it under the sinskey hook all the while keeping the lip elevated this will prevent the INTAC from being hung up on the lip of the incision. They have an optical zone of 6 mm kkeratoconus have a round design to minimize glare.

Humanitarian Use Devices HUDs are medical devices specially designated by the FDA for use in the treatment of fewer than patients per year with rare medical conditions. The insertion of Intacs causes the cornea to generally flatten.

Long-term follow-up of Intacs in keratoconus.

It is up to the insurance company to determine the amount to be paid. If the infection creeps along the channels it is best ontacs remove the INTACS and treat the patients with fortified antibiotics. Create account Log in. I am truly shocked at just how easy the surgery was, and just how keratofonus of the world I had been missing.

Corneal thinning disorders often lead to protrusion, irregular astigmatism, and even perforation.

Recently there is a trend towards just putting in a single INTAC inferiorly in oval cones because it is felt this is the most asymmetrical way to kerqtoconus this procedure and will maximize reduction of the astigmatic effect 30 Results of Intacs for keratoconus treatment have been encouraging, especially in patients unable to ijtacs contact lenses or in need of a corneal transplant. To overcome this problem, the blades of the mechanical spreader can be used to open up the tunnels.


As surgeons gain more experience, the size of the outer channel can be reduced to increase effect if necessary. Comparison of outcomes of 2 channel sizes for intrastromal ring segment implantation with a femtosecond laser in eyes with keratoconus. This page has been accessed 73, times.

Intacs Surgery for Keratoconus

Rigid contact lens fitting is delayed for at least 3 months when the cornea is relatively stable, the sutures have been removed and the entry incision has healed. The main difference between these two devices is that with INTACS the optical zone is approximately 7mm while the Ferrara and Kerarings have an optical zone of the order of 4. A centering guide is placed on the surface of the eye for several minutes to help stabilize the eye and ensure proper alignment of the Intacs insert.

INTACS is a good option for reducing the astigmatism in patients with pellucid marginal degeneration who have clear corneas but are contact lens intolerant 38 For more information go to: This is an international website. After the suction is increased to mbar, two semicircular dissectors are advanced into the lamellar pocket by rotating clockwise and counterclockwise.

Implantation of Artisan toric phakic intraocular lens following Intacs in a patient with keratoconus. Even if you achieve your goal of making patients with steeper corneas or corneas with scarring contact lens tolerant, it is highly likely that the quality of their vision will be so poor that they would have been better off undergoing a corneal or lamellar transplant.

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