More than 20 million adults in the U.S. have myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, keratoconus, or astigmatism. These eye problems are all caused by thinning corneal tissue that affects the curvature of the eye so light cannot reach the optic nerve, resulting in blurry and distorted vision. Intacs® is a surgical procedure that can resolve this issue and restore vision without the use of a laser.
What is Intacs®?
A cone-shaped cornea prevents light from reaching the optic nerve when it reaches the eyes. Prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses are often effective solutions to the problem if it is caused by myopia of astigmatism, but it does not work for keratoconus. Intacs® is a surgical procedure that involves installing a small plastic ring into the channels of the cornea to flatten it.
The surgery uses femtosecond lasers to carve two narrow channels in the cornea. The rings that are then placed inside the channels are made polymethylmethacrylate and apply gentle pressure to the cornea in an outward motion to flatten it. This procedure restores vision immediately. More than 50% of patients gain 20/16 vision immediately, while 74% have 20/20 vision after having surgery done. The vast majority of patients, 97%, receive 20/40 vision soon after undergoing the procedure.
What are the Benefits of Intacs®?
There are many benefits to choosing Intacs® to restore your vision. The procedure is performed with a laser rather than a blade, so there is minimal recovery required. If vision is not restored completely, we can interchange the size of the rings until we determine which one works best to enhance your vision. Unlike LASIK®, Intacs® preserves optic tissue while restoring vision, so it is a safe, effective alternative for many people.
The surgery is reversible, so if you are unhappy with your new vision for any reason, we can easily remove the inserts. Intacs® also provides clearer, crisper vision than LASIK® because it emulates the natural curvature of the cornea. This procedure has been FDA approved since 1999. It also offers the following advantages:
- The entire procedure usually takes an hour or less to complete.
- It is a cost-efficient surgery that almost always provides crisp vision.
- There is little to no recovery required.
- The change in your vision is immediate.
- It resolves a variety of vision problems.
Why Should You Choose Northeast Laser for Intacs®?
Since 2001, Northeast Laser has been serving residents of Springfield, Missouri, by providing them with one of the country’s first “no-blade” vision correction centers. The practice is led by Dr. John Frangie, a specialist in the field of Cornea and Refractive Surgery. With his numerous academic accolades and extensive publishing accomplishments, Dr. Frangie is a renowned leader in his field and strives to provide patients with excellent eyesight regardless of age. Northeast Laser has become one of the leading vision correction centers in the country, so you can feel comfortable trusting us to enhance your eyesight.
If you struggle with vision problems such as astigmatism, keratoconus, or myopia, Intacs® could be the right solution for you to restore your vision. This no-blade procedure is often more effective than LASIK® and resolves common vision problems for many people with little downtime recovered. Because the procedure is quick and easy, you can have your vision problems resolved immediately. Contact Northeast Laser today to learn more about this non-laser surgical procedure and find out if it is ideal for you. You can also call us at (413) 363-2732 for any questions or to schedule an appointment.