Intacs for Keratoconus
One of the centers of excellence in diagnosis and treatment of Keratoconus!
If you're visiting this web page, then you're probably one of about 1/2000 people in the world who suffers from keratoconus or irregular astigmatism. Thanks for your interest in our site: You've come to the right place.
Common signs and symptoms of keratoconus are:
- Difficulty seeing even with your glasses or contacts
- Not qualifying for LASIK
- The need to wear hard (or Rigid Gas Permeable) contact lenses
- The need for a corneal transplant
Dr. Soroudi has successfully treated hundreds of patients with this (or similar other) condition fully regain their visual potential and get them out of glasses or contacts altogether!
Dr. Ebbie Soroudi is one of only a handful of experienced eye surgeons in Los Angeles who specialize in treating this difficult condition with intacs, which are currently the only FDA-approved treatment for this condition. He combines this revolutionary technology with PRK, and if necessary, Collagen Crosslinking to help restore each patient's vision to its highest potential possible.
If you have irregular astigmatism, forme fruste keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, post-LASIK ectasia, or if you just have myopia with very thin corneas, you still may qualify for vision correction with intacs, and your PPO insurance may even cover the cost of this procedure entirely. If you've been told you need a corneal transplant, please consider being evaluated by Dr. Soroudi before you undergo surgery; you may be able to avoid it altogether!
Please contact us and schedule an appointment to come in for a thorough evaluation; you may just be on your way to 20/20 uncorrected vision.
Surgical Treatment of Keratoconus in Los Angeles & Surrounding Areas
Adopted from Dr. Soroudi's Book: Advanced Refractive Surgery
Keratoconus is a relatively common eye condition that has been estimated to affect up to 1/2000 individuals worldwide. As its name implies, this condition refers to a "cone-shaped" cornea (kerato = cornea and conus = cone-shaped). As a result of this irregular shaped cornea, people with keratoconus get irregular astigmatism, and can't focus images with glasses or regular contact lenses.
Corneal Topographic Comparison
Regular Astigmatism (Normal Eye) vs. Irregular Astigmatism (Keratoconic Eye)
Some patients with keratoconus can enjoy functional vision with Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses, but either their vision deteriorates so much with time that these contact lenses either do not correct their vision enough, or their cornea is so irregular that these lenses no longer fit right and keep falling out.
To this day, most surgeons can only offer a corneal transplant for such patients, but there is a new FDA-approved procedure available for people with this condition called intacs. This procedure will not only improve one's uncorrected and best-corrected vision, but it helps stabilize the progression of this disease and prevent the need for a transplant altogether. Further, it enables patients with keratoconus to later undergo laser vision correction (with PRK) and help them see clearly with no glasses at all!
Intacs are tiny clear plastic inserts that are placed inside very small round tunnels that are made in the periphery of the cornea encircling the pupils.
There are two ways to open the tunnels where intacs are placed. Just like with LASIK, one can use a special prolate mechanism to do it, or use the intralase laser, which makes these tunnels with air bubbles. The problem with the intralase technique is that it only makes tunnels up to 400um in depth, which in some patients may not be enough. The prolate mechanism allows us to make deeper tunnels, which in many patients translates into much better results.
Actual intacs rings
This side view, demonstrates where the intacs rings are situated once properly inserted
The end result.
(Dr. Soroudi's actual patient who is a Dentist who suffered from years of poor vision prior to his surgery; after having this surgery over years ago, he still sees 20/20 uncorrected.)
With this quick & painless procedure, we have the ability to flatten the cornea considerably and treat myopes (individuals with nearsightedness) with extremely thin corneas or people with severe corneal ectasias (keratoconus, pellicuid marginal degeneration, or post-LASIK ectasias) see much better without the need for a corneal transplant.
This procedure provides great hope for patients with keratoconus, and can not only improve their vision without any correction, but can help them avoid a transplant surgery altogether.
In addition to intacs, Dr. Soroudi specializes in performing Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) to relieve any residual astigmatism or myopia in patients with very severe disease, where intacs are not sufficient to treat their entire refractive error. In addition, he offers his patients a new revolutionary technology called Collagen Crosslinking where by utilizing light energy, he literally strengthens the bonds in the cornea, which improves vision and prevents further deterioration of the cornea overtime.
Dr. Soroudi is one of the leading, most experienced intacs surgeons in California, and he will discuss all your options with you during your consultation. If you are not a candidate for this procedure, Dr. Soroudi does offer corneal transplantation as an alternative. Call our office today!
Treatment from a top eye surgeon in Los Angeles can be sought by residents of surrounding communities, including Encino, Huntington Park, Westlake Village, Sherman Oaks, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Woodland Hills, West Hills, and Calabasas.