Corneal implants like INTACS and Kerarings are used to treat sufferers of Keratoconus whose disease has stabilised naturally or with Collagen Cross Linking. Corneal implants are intra-stromal corneal inserts consisting of two clear crescent-shaped pieces of a bio-compatible material. The inserts reshape the cornea and correct the visual distortion caused by the Keratoconus. The implants inserted into the cornea flatten the surface and help improve refractive errors.
Corneal implants are primarily used to improve the shape of an irregular cornea. They can partially correct vision meaning glasses or contact lenses are still required after treatment. However, this treatment vastly improves a patient’s best corrected vision. The treatment is designed to make wearing contact lens more comfortable, it is completely reversible and exchangeable if needed.
Dr Pillai is a corneal specialist and has been performing Corneal Implant surgeries at Advanced Vision Care since 2010.
The treatment takes approximately 30 minutes for both eyes. The process is as follows:
On the day of treatment you will be provided with an eye cover for the treated eye, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and hydrating drops. You will be advised when to take the drops. At your first post-operative check 4 to 5 days after keratoconus surgery of this type, your surgeon will examine the treated eye and assess the rate of healing.
The recovery period can take up to a week; some discomfort and light sensitivity can be experienced for a couple of days after treatment. You are likely to suffer from dry eyes whilst your cornea heals, this is completely normal.
Visual fluctuations can last between 3 to 6 months, once the prescription stabilises new glasses and contact lenses can be fitted. You are required to attend regular post-operative appointments throughout the year. These check-ups can be conducted at our AVC clinic or at one of our optometrist network partners from 3 months onwards.
We are leading providers in treatments for Keratoconus and offer complete visual rehabilitation for sufferers of the disease. We provide bespoke treatments that are tailor made to correct the visual impairment caused by Keratoconus, these treatments can halt the progression, make contact lens wear more comfortable and there are also procedures that provide total vision correction.
AVC provide all patients with the best care and results, constantly surpassing expectations. For the convenience of our patients, all our bespoke treatments are under one roof and everyone has access to the largest independent optometrist network in the country, meaning you can enjoy incredible aftercare at a more convenient location.
Advanced Vision Care’s Medical Director and lead surgeon, Dr CT Pillai, is one of the few surgeons in the country that has both a corneal and refractive fellowship. He has over 25 years of experience as an ophthalmic surgeon and his expertise in the field of corneal abnormalities is highly sought after.