March 4, 2013

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What are Intacs Corneal Implants?

How do Intacs Corneal Implants work?

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What if my vision changes?

The Intacs Corneal Implants procedure

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Intacs Corneal Implants - What If My Vision Changes?

Before the Procedure
You will need to have a preoperative eye examination to determine if your eyes are healthy and suitable for this procedure. Your examination will include a variety of standard ophthalmic tests, general medical tests and a review of your medical history.
The procedure itself will take only about 15 minutes per eye but plan on at least an hour for your visit.
The Procedure for Intacs Corneal Implants
Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye, which is held open throughout the procedure to prevent blinking.
Step 1: A single, small incision is made in the surface of the cornea.
Step 2: The eye is prepared for Intacs corneal implants placement.
To stabilize your eye and ensure proper alignment of the Intacs corneal implants, the centering guide is placed on the surface for one to two minutes. During this time, two micro-sized, semicircular tunnels are made in the cornea. The Intacs corneal implants will be placed in these tunnels.
The cornea has several layers to it, like a pad of paper. Making a place for the Intacs corneal implants is like separating two pages just enough to create a space.
Step 3: The Intacs corneal implants are placed.
After the second Intacs corneal implants is placed, the small opening in the cornea is closed.
Step 4: You enjoy your new vision!
Intacs corneal implants gently reshape the curvature of your cornea so that light rays focus properly on the retina. Objects in the distance, which once appeared blurry, become sharp and clear.
The procedure for Intacs corneal implants is safe and quick. And unlike other vision correction technologies, the procedure for Intacs corneal implants does not permanently cut or remove tissue from the central cornea.
The LASIK Procedure
Step 1: Making the corneal flap.
Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye. Then a microkeratome, stabilized by gentle suction, makes an incision into the corneal tissue to create a flap at about one-third of the cornea's depth.
Step 2: Preparing the treatment area.
After lifting the hinged flap aside, the corneal bed is inspected, cleaned and moistened to prepare for application of the laser.
Step 3: Reshaping with the laser.
The laser beam removes the amount of tissue necessary to achieve the desired correction. The corneal flap is then replaced to its original position.