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Intact corneal implants or implants are a minimally-invasive surgery that is used to treat kerotoconus (an eye disease that affects the cornea’s structure). They are made of a biocompatible material that is used during cataract surgery, so there is little to no risk at all from the material.
These implants are designed for a long-term vision correction solution. They also can be removed if the patient doesn’t like the result. They can be replaced with a different-size implant for a better result.
Intacs correct vision by flattening the cornea of the eye in order to refocus light rays and to improve overall vision. For keratoconus patients, they flatten the steep part of the cone or the cornea to reduce any distortions seen.
Very few patients may see irritation of the eye or abnormal blood vessel growth. In less than 5% of patients, no corrective effect will be seen.
The surgery itself takes just 15 minutes and is done outpatient. A doctor will place anesthetic eye drops into the eye to eliminate any discomfort during the procedure. The surgeon will create a tunnel beneath the corneal stroma. The ring thickness is determined by the current state of the eye. After one or two of these implants are successfully placed, the surgery is over.