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What are Intacs?

Intacs are fine strips of transparent material that can be applied to the periphery of the cornea to reshape it. They come in a wide range of thicknesses to correct the progression of corneal degeneration. They are an excellent option when correcting certain eye conditions, such as keratoconus. Intacs are a less invasive alternative to laser eye surgery and are a successful treatment for select patients who suffer from mild myopia, or nearsightedness.

How Does Intacs Eye Surgery Work?

When it comes to the health of your eyes, only the most skilled and experienced eye surgeons will suffice. Dr. Ella Faktorovich is one of the world’s most respected vision correction specialists. She and her practice are the first choice for other physicians, surgeons, CEOs, and industry leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area, where technology rules. Intacs surgery is a quick procedure that starts with a small incision in the surface of the cornea. Once the eyes have been prepped, Intacs inserts are delicately positioned.

Am I a Good Candidate for Intacs?

You may be a good candidate for Intacs if you live with degrading vision and cannot obtain adequate vision correction with glasses or contacts and may require a corneal transplant. You must be at least 21 years of age to undergo vision correction with Intacs. You should not be pregnant or nursing or have any autoimmune deficiencies. When considering Intacs, talk to your doctor about any medications you may be taking as some can impact the recovery process.

How Long Does Intacs Surgery Take?

You should expect the procedure to take less than one hour.

Is the Procedure Painful?

The procedure is considered to be very comfortable and pain-free. Intacs are typically not felt as the surgeon places the insert beneath the surface of the cornea. You will not receive any shots or needles. Numbing drops are typically all that is needed in preparing for surgery.

What are the Benefits of Intacs?

  • Long-term vision correction
  • Can be removed if your prescription changes
  • Outpatient procedure
  • The procedure is relatively quick

Are There Any Complications with the Procedure?

When it comes to Intacs, surgical technique the critical point in achieving a positive outcome. If Intacs are not positioned correctly, or the wrong size is used, the procedure will not be successful. With the right surgeon, the complications associated with Intacs are rare, such as glare, night vision difficulties, or haloes. If there are any complications or changes in vision over time, Intacs can be removed.

What Can I Expect After Intacs Surgery?

You can expect your vision to improve almost immediately. Your recovery time will be short, and you can return to your normal daily activities in two to three days.

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Why Choose Pacific Vision Institute for Intacs in San Francisco?

Pacific Vision Institute is renowned for offering top-level surgical expertise and for being among the premier vision correction clinics in the Bay Area and the world. Our team is dedicated to our motto: “Innovation, Leadership, Passion For Perfection.” We take the trust you put in us seriously and work to stay at the forefront of the latest technology and advancements in vision correction. Dr. Ella Faktorovich is one of the world’s most respected vision correction specialists.

Dr. Faktorovich is the current Chair of the annual San Francisco Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery Symposium, where more than 100 nationally and internationally renowned specialists have taught. When putting your vision in the hands of a surgeon, you can be confident you will be under the care of one of the most qualified, respected, and talented eye specialists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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