Intacs Implant Recovery after surgery for Keratoconus Eye Disease
Intacs Implant recovery can be smooth if certain rules are followed.
Intacs are commonly used to treat keratoconus. It is a progressive eye disease that transforms the shape of one or both eyes. Keratoconus makes it impossible for your cornea to effectively bend light to focus on a single point. Intacs are also used to improve the shape of the cornea. This reduces higher order aberrations. Patients suffering from this bulging eye disease are able to see better especially at night. Intacs can be placed either by the older prolate manual mechanical method. Or the more accurate laser placement procedure.
During your initial consultation with Los Angeles Intacs surgeon Dr. Rajesh Khanna it can best be determined if this procedure is ideally suited to meet your needs.
Normal course during Intacs Implant Recovery
To place Intacs, Dr. Khanna will need to make a small incision through which the implants can be placed. Because no corneal tissue is removed, only the incision will need to heal. This recovery process is similar to LASIK and will occur naturally over the course of one to two weeks.
Antibiotics will be prescribed for a week, starting 1 to 4 days before surgery. Steroid drops like Prednisolone or Lotemax will be required. These are usually started four times a day. They are than gradually tapered over few weeks. Non Steroidal AntInflammatory Drops like Proleza once a day can help.
You should be able to resume normal activities within a few days of having Intacs placed, but it may take your eyes some time to adjust to the implants. This is normal and nothing to worry about. Dr. Khanna will work closely with you during your recovery to make sure you are healing appropriately and your eyes are adjusting as necessary to your Intacs implant.
The vision may fluctuate in the first few months. Adjustment of soft lens power may be required.
Speeding up Intacs Implant Recovery
AVOID RUBBING THE EYE. This is the most important restriction. Keratoconus patients usually are used to rubbing their eyes. This helps them see better before surgery. The tendency persists after intacs placement in the cornea. Rubbing the eye may move the intacs ring segments. This is more common with the mechanical method.
Things to do to help Intacs Implant Recovery
- DO NOT RUB THE EYE
- Laser procedure is more safer and accurate placement. The healing is better.
- Use prescribed Eye drops.
- Wear soft contact lens to avoid irritation
- Improve vision with a soft contact lens to allow resumption of daily activities.
- Wear sunglasses in day time.
- Wear eye shield at night to prevent subconscious rubbing in sleep.
- Call the Intacs Surgeon if you have sudden increase in pain,d decrease vision, discharge or the eye turns red.
Things to avoid
- AVOID RUBBING or TOUCHING THE EYE
- Smoke from cigarettes, cigars and the like.
- Donut touch the ye with tissue or your fingers.
- Do not change the contact lens. A night and day contact for first few weeks may be a good choice.
- Wear a headband when doing exercise to prevent sweat going into your eyes. The sweat can cause irritation.
In the past, treating keratoconus required a corneal transplant, which would necessitate a long and often difficult recovery period. By contrast, recovery from Intacs placement is incredibly short and may even result in immediate vision correction.
There are certain care instructions that will need to be followed during your recovery period to help avoid complications. Dr. Khanna will discuss these with you in full during your Intacs consultation to help better prepare you for your procedure.
If you live in the Los Angeles area of California and would like to learn more about Intacs implant placement, please contact the Khanna Institute of LASIK & Refractive Surgery today to schedule your consultation.