If you are considering laser surgery to correct your vision, there is another option to have a look at before you make a decision. Intacs corneal implants may be the option for you.
Intacs commonly known as corneal implants is the first time ever non-laser surgical treatment correcting keratoconus (an eye disease) and shortsightedness. Intacs create a whole new category of vision correction without having to wear glasses or contact lenses and are maintenance free. These Intacs are able to be placed in, and removed from your eye as your visual needs change.
The procedure takes roughly 15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients are given a mild sedative and some eye drops that numb the eye. A tiny opening, less than 2mm is made near the upper edge of the cornea near the eyelid with a diamond knife. The Intact are inserted through this opening and is closed again. The one nylon stitch is removed a week thereafter.
There is no pain during the surgery and the eye is patched and the patient is released straight after surgery.
The patient will notice a significant change in their vision the first day post operation. Normal activities can be resumed within 2 to 3 days and eye drops must be used for a week after the procedure.
There are a few risks with this procedure as there are with any, such as difficulty with night vision, blurry vision, a glare, however the intacs can be removed and your vision will go back to the way it was previous to the procedure.
Patients who have had laser refractive surgery and have residual myopia are able to have intacs implanted in order to eliminate the residual myopia and to additionally stabilise the cornea in order to prevent further myopic regression.