ABOUT INTACS CORNEAL IMPLANTS
Keratoconus is a condition that causes the cornea to thin, weaken, and adopt a cone-like shape, which typically has a poor effect on the patient's vision. To remedy this condition, our board-certified ophthalmologists at Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX are pleased to offer a number of advanced solutions, including Intacs corneal implants. These tiny devices are used to help the cornea adopt a normal, healthy shape by flattening the tissue. In turn, this works to address any vision impairments you may have been experiencing as a direct result of keratoconus. Intacs implants are highly effective and produce wonderful results for many individuals.
"Focal Point Vision has provided excellent care for me. I came to them for cataract surgery and the doctors and staff have done a wonderful job, not only with the eye surgery and follow up, but also in helping me understand my available options. I have no hesitation in recommending them."- J.M. / Google / Oct 23, 2021
"I got to say that this is one great place for anyone that has eye problems you can't put a price on your vision they treat you like a person they're there for you from the beginning they make you feel special the staff is super nice and carrying I have seen a couple of eye doctors that couldn't diagnose my eye problem the first day I went they diagnosed my problem they set up the appointment right away I was blind after cataract surgery in my left eye for six months you don't know how it feels when you're used to seeing with both eyes and then losing your sight in one but thanks to the doctor and staff I am gaining my sight back slowly but surely it is like getting a second chance when you feel that there is no hope here is the place to go I highly recommended you will not regret it they will do everything possible to give you back your vision And by the way I want to thank dr. Lehmann couldn't ask for a better doctor"- J.H. / Google / Sep 29, 2021
"Very professional staff and Dr. Maverick knows what he’s doing-Felt at ease through the whole procedure-Glad I used Focal Point-no more glasses-Yea!! —Settled on Premium lens-Working out great for me—been two months"- H.F. / Google / Sep 24, 2021
"The staff at Focal Point Vision were very courteous and friendly and took time to answer all your questions."- S.M. / Google / Sep 21, 2021
"Dr. Maverick performed cataract surgery on me seven years ago and on my wife a year ago. I went to Dr Maverick for a general check up yesterday. Both surgeries were totally successful without any complications, and at age 81 Dr. Maverick gave me an "excellent condition" yesterday. Dr. Maverick is very professional and personable, immediately puts you at ease and explains the procedure. His staff who performed initial testing were also excellent. Strongly recommend.."- D.&. / Google / Sep 17, 2021
HOW IS INTACS SURGERY DONE?
Surgery with the Intacs corneal implant may last between 10 – 30 minutes. Before we begin, a member of our team will desensitize your eye with special drops. Once you're fully numb, we then create a small incision into the cornea using advanced laser technology. As soon as the layers of your cornea have been precisely separated, we will insert the device into its ideal placement. Intacs can be performed alongside another laser-assisted procedure, such as refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery (ReLACS).
Following your treatment, we will monitor the condition of your eye for some time and prescribe antibiotic drops before releasing you to heal at home.
Intacs and ReLACS FAQ
Are Intacs corneal implants and ReLACS safe?
Yes, they are. Intacs corneal implants were approved by the FDA in 2004 as safe and effective. The ReLACS procedure uses a laser to make the incision to remove a cataract, which is more precise than the traditional method that is performed by hand.
Does Intacs and ReLACS surgery hurt?
No, they don’t. Before our doctors begin the procedure, they will numb the patient’s eyes with anesthetic drops. Most patients, if they feel anything at all, report a slight feeling of pressure.
Are Intacs implants permanent?
Yes, they are. However, they can be safely removed and/or replaced if necessary.
How much better will my vision be after Intacs or ReLACS?
Many patients experience improved vision within about 24 hours after their Intacs procedure, with more than 95% seeing 20/40 vision or better within a year.
After a ReLACS procedure, many patients experience an improvement in their vision within 48 – 72 hours. During the recovery period, it can take up to two weeks for the eyes to adjust. With astigmatism correction and the placement of multifocal or toric IOLs, patients can experience dramatic improvements in their eyesight.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR INTACS?
Deteriorating eyesight is something that nobody wants to endure, and vision that worsens progressively over time can be extremely worrying and disrupt your day-to-day life. Thankfully, our team in San Antonio, TX are here to help. Contact Focal Point Vision and schedule a consultation to find out if you may have keratoconus and could benefit from advanced laser-assisted surgery and Intacs corneal implants.