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Has anyone here had Intacs?  What about Intacs in conjunction with X-linking?  If you have, I'd love to hear your experience.  Thanks so much!


-Katie 



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Date: Mon Jan 9 6:07 AM, 2006
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Katie,


Just a tip... do a search using the search function for Intacs and see what comes up, I know there are members with Intacs here, if they will post again, soon, i don't know but it is a young site!


Take Care



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Thanks! I'll do it!!

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Date: Tue Feb 14 2:37 AM, 2006
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hello all...
i was diagnosed with keratoconus about six or seven years ago... since then i have been using an RGP only for night driving because i can't tolerate the lens for more than a couple hours at a time... to make a long story short, i needed something else... well... after saving some money and hours of research i happened upon boxer-wachler in beverly hills, ca... it has been two weeks since the dr. performed the intacs/c3-r procedure on my right eye.

what can i say...? the 1 day post-op corneal topography showed a significant flattening of my cornea and even though i couldn't really see anything i was excited. i'm not so much anymore. you have to understand this is not a miracle cure, but merely a step toward achieving maximum visual acuity. this means that i still have yet to be prescribed a contact lens, but a soft one. my eye is still in the process of healing and my cornea is very very sensitive... a slight accidental brush against anything causes constant tearing...

although i don't feel ready to apply anything on my cornea, the dr. feels that it's okay... they also gave me a glasses prescription while waiting to see a different dr. for the lens, but as soon as i tried them on i felt like throwing up... it was horrible... i popped the lens out and replaced with the ones made for me five years ago... the old lens doesn't help any, but it is not the ridiculously strong prescription i was given (i took the snellen chart test 1 day post-op and all variations of the prescription looked the same to me so i didn't know what i would be getting)...

the vision in my keratoconic right eye is more or less the same pre-op. it is very frustrating and can't see an optometrist for another seven weeks or so... this makes night driving very difficult... so what the hell am i supposed to do? well, i've arranged with my work to change my schedule so that i could get home before sunset and that's all i can do... right now, two weeks post-op i am not happy and have thoughts of regret of having done what i did...

3 months is minimum healing time so i have a length to go, but i know for certain it won't get to a point where i can function fine driving at night without any correction... i'm still going to wait it out until i get a soft lens fitting... and if that doesn't work i'm gonna have my intac removed if i have to go back to an RGP... i guess you have to give it a try if you wanna find out what's gonna happen... so i took my chance... and this is what has happened to me thus far....

hope this helps...

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Date: Tue Feb 14 3:30 PM, 2006
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Hi kckckc,


the C3R is a procedure to stop the progression of the conus, not to improve the vision. However the vision may get improved and the cornea flatten if you do it early enough. See, to come from 6/10 to 8/10 is something. But to come from 1/10 to 2/10 is almost nothing. Now, the intacts as such have the same impact: they can improve from 6/10 to 8/10 and from 1/10 to 2/10. So the moral is, as for me: the earlier the better. My cornea after x_linking remained ruther sensitive for about 1 month. And it became more or less stable only in 6 months. The difference in shape and thikness (Orbscan) between 2 months post op and 6 months post op is ruther amazing. So there is no surprise you need new lens as the geometry of your cornea has changed...


Take care!



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Katie:


I had intacs implanted in my left eye  about 5 months ago. Mixed review- my uncorrected vision is a few lines better, as is my vision with spectacles. I can now get pretty close to 20/20 with a soft toric lense, something that was not possible pre-intacs. The downside- the intacs didn't flatten my cone- my doc's have characterized my map as a more "regular astigmatic" eye than it was before. So my left eye now has a more regular irregularity rather than an irregular irregularity!


I anticipate having the procedure performed on my right eye in the near future. I am hopeful that the results will be better- the Kc in my right eye is not as advanced.


Hope this helps!



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Date: Sun Apr 9 4:16 AM, 2006
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QuintriX asked me to related my intacs experience, so here goes..


I had intacs implanted in my left eye just under a year ago. The KC in that eye is fairly advanced, so the goals were to try and improve contact lens fit and hopefully stop the progression. We had no expectations of improved vision.


It was definately a mixed bag for me as well. I had little to no vision improvement (as expected) and it really didn't help my contact lens fit at all (comfortwise at least). Though the overall shape of the cornea is a bit better.


My OD was able to get a 'good' fit with a standard RGP, but it was very uncomfortable after the operation (not that it was great before either). We then tried an Intra-Limbal to vault over the intacs instead of staying within them. The vision was better, but the comfort barely improved. A softperm or synergize lens was ruled out due to the RGP portion of those lenses would rub on the intacs. Piggybacking was the last resort.


I currently wear a soft contact lens (acuvue advance) with my Dyna Intra-Limbal RGP on top (piggybacking) with decent results (comfortable enough to wear all day, though the vision isn't perfect... approx 20/30-2/40 depending on the day).


I'm still undecided if I want to do my right eye (less severe). I'm getting OK results with a softperm, though again, the vision isn't perfect. I am definately RGP intolerant now.


I'd like to try X-linking, but my options are limited; I do not want to pay Dr. Wachler's prices and I am not entirely comfortable with traveling for a medical procedure... even one as non-invasive as x-linking (I would not want the abrasive version).



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Date: Mon Apr 24 12:44 AM, 2006
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Hey all. Want to share my intacs experience, round 2. Had my right eye done last week after my insurance company agreed to foot the bill (I am now two for two with insurance coverage and intacs- according to my doc a rariety in the US).


My right eye had mild kc, so there was hope that the result would be more dramatic than my left eye. So far, I am really happy. I didn't come out of the procedure with the crisp 20/20 vision that I had hoped for (though didn't expect), but things are looking good. I was at 20/30 the day after the procedure, with almost no irriation. This was A lot different than my first intacs curgery. The day after surgery on my left eye, I was sensitive to light, couldn't see the giant E on the chart, and had REALLY strange effects at night with sources of light. None of that has happened this time. My vision improved a lot after the first few months with the first surgery, so I hope that the same wil happen this time.


A week my vision still fluctuates a lot, but it is better. My right eye (second surgery, mild Kc) has much better far-vision than I had pre-surgery (read the newspaper today without glasses!). My left eye has crisper far vision (as i am sure you all can empathize, crisp being a relative term for those with Kc), I hope the right eye gets better soon. I am interested to see what will happen over the next few months, as the vision fluctuation and improvement over time makes it difficult to get an accurate gauge of what things will be like as things settle down.


Fingers crossed the cross-linking becomes more accessable in the US, as I seem to be at a point where life with soft torics and a halt to any further progression (even if termporary) would result in a great place compared to where I was a few years ago (suffering in Rose-k's) .


In addition, there is finally someone near me in the US who is offering Opthonix glasses, so when my corneal shape has settled down, I plan to take a visit to their office and see if I can get some glasses that do the trick!!!


 


 



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