Over two decades ago, I (Dr. Brian Boxer-Wachler) developed a revolutionary way to treat keratoconus: Intacs®. Intacs are tiny, transparent semi-circle inserts placed on the outer layer of the cornea to reshape the emerging bulge that forms with keratoconus. Intacs are a less invasive solution compared to other treatments that involve removing tissue from the cornea.
After studying my technique in a published medical journal article and utilizing it in clinical trials, the FDA approved this procedure as an effective treatment for keratoconus. I am proud to have been a leader in this field and to share this vision-changing procedure with all my patients.
Benefits of Intacs®
Intacs help flatten the keratoconus patient’s corneal bulge without affecting the structural integrity of the cornea. The procedure is much less invasive than comparable treatments (especially corneal transplant) because it does not involve removing or replanting tissue. This means there is no need for big incisions and no sutures, so there is less discomfort and the recovery period is easier.
Intacs are highly effective at improving quality of vision because they can provide:
- Crisper vision
- Better night vision
- Less visual distortion
- Less glare and fewer streaks of light
- Lower incidence of double vision
Most patients who use Intacs can avoid the eventual need to have a corneal transplant. However, if corneal transplant becomes appropriate, patients can have their Intacs safely and easily removed.
Intacs® Procedure Details
I start by applying numbing eyedrops. Next, I use a curved glide to gently separate the corneal tissue layers. The Intacs insert is then placed at the periphery of the cornea. Instead of stitches, I use a dissolvable tissue glue to secure the Intacs, which helps to flatten the conic shape. The entirety of this outpatient procedure is typically completed in about seven minutes, typically with no pain to the patient.
Combining Procedures for Maximum Effect
For most patients, I combine Intacs with my proprietary Holcomb C3-R cross-linking system to make the most of both treatments. Corneal cross-linking is a procedure that virtually stops the progression of keratoconus with a non-invasive treatment of vitamin B and UV light. The Intacs improvement is further locked in with my unique Holcomb C3-R treatment. Nearly every patient who has these treatments combined sees positive, long-lasting visual results. We see best results when these two procedure are combined the same day vs on different days.
Depending on how far keratoconus has already progressed, patients may still need to wear prescription lenses (eyeglasses or contact lenses) to correct the full extent of their refractive errors. After your procedure, I can help you determine your new vision prescription.
Why You Should Choose Dr. Brian for Intacs®
No one in the world has performed Intacs for keratoconus for as long as I have – my first case was in 1999. The FDA used my research to approve these corneal inserts, which means that all other doctors who perform versions of this procedure are essentially working off my technique. This is precisely why patients travel from around the world to have their keratoconus treated here with me in Beverly Hills.
I enjoy using my knowledge and talents to help my patients to overcome and minimize the effects of keratoconus. I create a personalized plan for each of them so that they get the most out of their treatment. To receive corneal inserts from the same doctor who pioneered this treatment, please contact my office at 1-310-860-1900 today. You may also text us at 424-245-0171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.