See better after keratoconus with INTACS in East Grinstead, Sussex and London

Discover how Intacs for keratoconus can improve your vision

See better after keratoconus with INTACS in East Grinstead, Sussex and London

Discover how Intacs for keratoconus can improve your vision

INTACS flatten a bulging cornea so you can see more clearly

A great solution if you have keratoconus and want to regain quality of vision

Intrastromal corneal ring segments (ICRSs) are made of PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate). We implant these in the periphery of the corneal tissue to flatten the corneal centre and improve irregular astigmatism, which often accompanies keratoconus.

You may be suitable for INTACS if you have

  • Keratoconus
  • Corneal ectasia (progressive thinning and weakness of the cornea)
  • Pellucid marginal degeneration and after corneal laser refractive surgery.

What are the contraindications for the procedure?

  • Thin corneas
  • Any disease that might affect the healing
  • Pregnancy and nursing

We perform the procedure under topical anaesthesia.

Step one: We ask you to lie flat while we create semi-circular tunnels in the cornea using a femtosecond laser.

Step two: We then implant one or two intracorneal ring segments inside these tunnels. The intracorneal ring segments vary in thickness and arc length according to your unique circumstances.

INTACS are designed to stay permanently inside the eye and can be removed at any time (reversible procedure).

Possible adverse events that may occur after an Intacs procedure include the following:

  • Eye infection
  • Problems with night vision
  • Seeing “halos” or glare around lights
  • Blurry or fluctuating vision

Treatment options and alternatives will depend on the stage of the disease.

Step 1: The doctor numbs the patient’s eye with a topical anaesthetic.
Step 2: To keep the eye open, we place a speculum in the eye. This also keeps you from blinking and possibly interfering with the procedure.
Step 3: We make a small incision in the cornea and place a centering guide on the eye to keep it steady. This helps us make sure that we can position the INTACS properly.
Step 4: After separating the layers of the cornea, we insert the INTACS and close the incision with one suture or with tissue glue.

The results of these implants will depend on the degree of keratoconus in each individual. If you have milder cases of keratoconus, you may not need any lenses for additional vision correction. However, people with moderate keratoconus may require glasses or soft contact lenses for improved vision.

Corneal diseases are a leading cause of blindness and vision impairment all over the world

Early diagnosis and treatment is key to preventing further damage and restoring vision. Come see us today for an assessment.

Is poor vision or a worrying eye condition holding you back?

If so, we’re here to help you move forward with your life quickly and conveniently

I have cataracts or my vision is cloudy, yellow and dull

If your vision is hazy or blurred (even with glasses); if colours appear dull or faded; or if you’re having increasing difficulty driving or seeing at night, it’s likely you have a cataract.

Restore your visual clarity (AND remove your need for glasses!) with premium cataract surgery.

My glasses and contacts interfere with my lifestyle

Do glasses or contact lenses get in your way or make you feel uncomfortable? We understand how it feels to be let down by your eyes while everyone else enjoys life with natural vision.

Enjoy ultimate visual freedom free from glasses and contacts with laser eye surgery or lens replacement.

I have a troublesome eye condition

Whether you have keratoconus, dry eye, or another cornea and ocular surface disease, we appreciate the impact this can have on your comfort and quality of life.

Gain relief from your condition and move forward with your life with our range of gold-standard eye treatments.

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Academic resources on advanced Keratoconus management

Learn more about Advanced keratoconus treatment – INTACS from authoritative sources

Diagnosable through a routine eye exam, your ophthalmologist will examine your cornea and measure its curvature. This helps analyse a change in the corneal shape. This paper also encompasses Keratoconus treatments and tips. Click here for more information.
This paper covers the first-ever collaboration of 4 supranational cornea societies joining forces in a multistep process to develop the Global Consensus on Keratoconus and Ectatic Diseases. Click here for more information.

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease that causes a thinning of the clear front surface of the eye (cornea) and distorts the cornea into a cone-like shape. This causes distorted vision that cannot be rectified with spectacles. Click here for more information.

Get relief from your troubling eye condition

Early diagnosis and treatment is key to preventing further damage and restoring vision. Come see us today for an assessment.

Beat the lockdown wait lists and move forward with your life

We provide personalised treatment at a time and place that suits you

Mr Mohamed Elalfy

MBBCh, MSc, MD, DRCOphth, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Glas), FRCOphth, FICO, FEBO
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Seeking eye treatment for a worrying eye condition can be stressful. Waitlists everywhere are long due to the lockdowns, and leaving the house to attend appointments can be a real inconvenience.

To make your experience as easy and stress-free as possible, we provide assessments in your local area. We also offer online appointments both before and after your treatment, so you don’t have to travel far to get the personalised support you deserve.