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Patients with certain cornea problems do not necessarily need to undergo cornea transplant surgery. If a patient suffers from a condition known as keratoconus, the condition can be treated using prescription corneal inserts called Intacs. Our Oakland and East Bay area offices in San Leandro and Concord offer Intacs as a sensible solution to keratoconus.
Keratoconus is an eye disease that causes the cornea (the clear outer part of the eye) to thin over time. As the cornea becomes progressively thinner, the internal pressure of the eye causes the cornea to bulge outward in an irregular cone-like shape. Though keratoconus usually does not result in complete blindness, the condition can seriously affect a person's vision and may require cornea transplant surgery.
In most cases, the condition emerges in a person's teenage years and continues to worsen over time. Keratoconus stabilizes around the 30s and 40s and often affects both eyes. The cause of keratoconus is currently unknown, though some believe that the condition is genetic and could be made worse by a variety of environmental factors. The disease is often treated using rigid contact lenses that reshape the deformed cornea.
Intacs, available at our Oakland and East Bay area offices, are another treatment option for patients who can no longer treat keratoconus with contact lenses or glasses. These tiny prescription inserts help reshape the deformed cornea while correcting astigmatism and nearsightedness.
Intacs are placed in the periphery of the cornea, flattening the bulging cornea and restoring a natural, dome-like shape. By restoring the natural shape of the cornea, a patient's vision is improved.
The results of Intacs will vary from patient to patient given the unique nature of each patient's eyes. When we use Intacs at our Oakland area offices, our main goals are to restore a patient's functional vision and to delay or eliminate the need for a cornea transplant. In some cases, patients who receive Intacs no longer require the use of prescription lenses or glasses. If a cornea transplant is required in the future, patients with Intacs often experience no complications following surgery.
Coverage for Intacs will vary depending on your insurance provider. Our staff will assist you in receiving coverage for Intacs or will provide you with information on financing plans.
To schedule a consultation for Intacs at our Oakland area offices in San Leandro and Concord, contact Batra Vision Medical Group today
To learn more about Intacs in the Oakland and East Bay area, contact Batra Vision Medical Group today.
OUR BAY AREA LOCATIONS
Batra Vision Medical Group
15051 Hesperian Blvd, Suite A
San Leandro, CA 94578
Phone: (510) 276-1212
Fax: (510) 276-1313
Batra Vision Medical Group
3000 Colby Street, Suite 105
Berkeley, California 94705
San Leandro Surgery Center
15035 East 14th Street
San Leandro, California 94578