Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease, causing a thinning of the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. As keratoconus progresses, the quality of the patient’s vision deteriorates and contact lenses or glasses no longer become a satisfactory solution for most people. At one time, an invasive corneal transplant was the only option. Today corneal specialist surgeons are increasingly using intacs for keratoconus. In fact here at the Turner Eye Institute since 1999, Dr. Stephen Turner has pioneered many of the techniques used today by other surgeons, including Dr. Chirag Patel. These prescription inserts are an exciting option between contacts and a corneal transplant that may be the best possible option to stabilize the cornea and improve vision. Intacs for keratoconus are indicated when contact lenses and glasses are no longer suitable.
Turner Eye Institute has been using intacs for keratoconus since the treatment was FDA approved for treatment of keratoconus. Using intacs for keratoconus offers an exciting new treatment for a disease that can often be both difficult to detect and even more difficult to treat. Within the website, you will find a discussion of available options for people suffering from keratoconus.
While Dr. Chirag Patel offers intacs for keratoconus, there are other possible treatments, like Corneal Cross Linking (CXL) and Conductive Keratoplasty (CK). It is important that you discuss these options with a cornea specialist like Dr. Patel in order to receive the best possible advice. After a complete eye exam, Dr. Patel can discuss with you the best possible method for treating keratoconus. In cases where keratoconus has progressed substantially, the surgeon might recommend intacs/CK/CXL for keratoconus. In cases with less progression, other options might be presented.