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What are Intrastromal Corneal Rings?

INTACS® Inserts are two curved, clear plastic segments that are implanted in the perimeter of the cornea to reduce nearsightedness (myopia) in patients with keratoconus. Keratoconus is a visual disorder that occurs when the normally round and dome-shaped cornea progressively thins, causing a cone-like bulge to develop.

How does it work?

INTACS® Inserts are implanted through a small surgical incision on the perimeter of the cornea. The inserts help restore clear vision in keratoconus patients by flattening and repositioning the cornea.

When is it used?

INTACS® Inserts are intended for patients with keratoconus who are no longer able to achieve adequate vision using contact lenses or glasses and for whom corneal transplant is the only remaining option.

What will it accomplish?

The inserts may restore functional vision and postpone the need for a corneal transplant.

When should it not be used?

INTACS® Inserts should not be used in keratoconus patients who:

  • Can achieve functional vision on a daily basis using contact lenses
  • Are younger than 21 years of age
  • Do no have clear central corneas
  • Have a corneal thickness less than 450 microns at the proposed incision site

Contact Dr. Benjamin Today!

To learn if you are a candidate for intrastromal corneal rings, please contact Benjamin Eye Institute today at 310.507.7988 to schedule a FREE LASIK consultation!

During this consultation, Dr. Benjamin will determine whether you are a candidate for LASIK alternatives such as intrastromal corneal rings. Learn more about other LASIK alternative treatments like Corneal Inlays.

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