INTACS FAQs

Will I be guaranteed 20/20 vision after surgery?

INTACS is a remarkably successful procedure. In U.S. clinical studies, 74% of people with INTACS saw 20/20 or better without glasses or corrective lenses, and 97% saw 20/40 or better (the legal limit in most states for driving without corrective lenses).

Will I be in any pain?

During the INTACS procedure the patient is awake and comfortable. The eye is numbed using "eye drop" anesthesia and the procedure itself is painless. After the procedure it is typical that patients experience some discomfort such as itchiness, dryness, or watery eyes, but these symptoms usually disappear in the following days. Normally, the patient is given eye drop medication to help control any such discomfort they might experience.

Will the treatment be permanent?

During the procedure, INTACS inserts are placed between layers of the cornea to decrease the curvature of the cornea. Unless the INTACS are removed from the eye, the vision correction resulting from the procedure will last indefinitely.

What if my vision changes in the future?

Unlike other permanent refractive procedures, INTACS inserts can be removed or exchanged to provide enhancements to your vision.

Will I ever need glasses again?

Since most patients achieve 20/40 vision or better, the need for glasses under normal conditions is virtually eliminated. Some patients continue to use glasses in specific circumstances such as night driving. Most people (whether or not they have INTACS) will need reading glasses as they reach middle age.

Are INTACS safe?

  • FDA-approved as safe and effective
  • FAA-approved for pilots

While no surgery is completely risk-free, the INTACS procedure is remarkably safe and successful. Clinical studies in the U.S. showed that there are complications in less than 1% of INTACS procedures, and in all cases where INTACS were removed, patients were able to be corrected to 20/20 vision or better.

Why choose INTACS?

  • Great Vision. More than half of Intacs inserts patients see significantly better than 20/20.
  • Enhances the natural vision system of the cornea, without permanent removal of tissue from the eye.
  • Are removable in case future vision requirements change.
  • Eliminates the need for contacts or glasses in 97% of patients.

Am I a good candidate?

You qualify for INTACS if:

  • Your prescription for eyeglasses or contacts is between
    -1.00 to -3.00 diopters, with no more than 1.00 diopter of astigmatism
  • You have healthy eyes, free from disease or injuries
  • You have had stable vision for one year
  • You are at least 21 years of age