If you struggle to wear hard contact lenses, perhaps because your keratoconus is severe or you suffer from dry eyes or allergies, corneal implants available from Exeter Eye could help you.
Intacs and Kerarings are tiny, transparent, semi-circular, plastic corneal implants. They are placed within your cornea to make its shape more normal. Corneal implants are designed to make it more comfortable to wear hard contact lenses; but they may even improve your vision to the point where you can use soft contacts or glasses instead.
Intacs are thin, clear, semi-circular plastic ring inserts that can help provide clearer vision for those with vision problems from a condition known as Keratoconus.
These inserts provide a unique alternative to contact lenses, and can sometimes postpone the need for a corneal transplant. During the procedure, the inserts are placed in the outer areas of the cornea. The inserts change the curvature of the cornea, reducing the cone-like distortion caused by keratoconus.
The procedure allows the cornea to be reshaped without removing any tissue. Intacs are designed to be permanent, but they can be exchanged or even removed if vision needs change over time. Intacs cannot be felt, are no more visible than a contact lens and require no maintenance.
Corneal implant surgery is incredibly precise thanks to our state-of-the-art technology. Because we use the most advanced IntraLase laser, your surgeon can place your corneal implants with ultimate precision and the procedure is faster than ever.
Before your corneal implant surgery, you will be given painless local anaesthetic eye drops (no injections are necessary). You will also have the option of a mild sedative.
Your corneal implants will then be carefully inserted into the channel, and the incision will close naturally, without the need for stitches.
After the operation, your eye will be treated with anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops, and a clear plastic shield may also be placed over your eye for you to wear overnight. You will be able to go home almost straight away; although you will need someone to drive you, and you will need to return for a check-up the following day.
You will most likely notice an immediate improvement in your vision after corneal implant surgery. However, you should let your vision settle for three months before being fitted for new glasses or contacts.
Without corneal implants, many people who suffer from severe keratoconus would need a corneal transplant operation. However, thanks to this innovative new treatment, most people can now avoid corneal transplant surgery and the risks it entails. Corneal implants should always be considered before progressing to a corneal transplant operation.
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