2219 York Road, Suite 102, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
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Understanding Intacs for Keratoconus

The Role of Intacs in Keratoconus Treatment
Intacs are small corneal implants designed to reshape the cornea for patients with keratoconus, providing an alternative to corneal transplants. These micro-thin inserts are placed in the peripheral corneal layer to flatten the keratoconus cone, improve vision, and potentially halt the progression of the disease.

How Intacs Work
Intacs function by being surgically inserted into the keratoconic cornea. They work by flattening the cornea’s cone-like bulge, thereby regularizing the corneal surface to reduce vision distortions such as blurriness and multiple images. This procedure is minimally invasive and reversible, offering a significant benefit for those seeking options beyond contact lenses but not ready for a corneal transplant.

Customization and Fitting
Intacs insertion is a tailored procedure that depends on the specific curvature and thickness of the patient’s cornea. Precision in placement is critical, as it directly influences the outcome in terms of visual improvement. The procedure typically requires only local anesthesia and can be completed in about 10 to 15 minutes.

Benefits of Choosing Intacs
For patients with mild to moderate keratoconus, Intacs can significantly improve visual acuity and may reduce the need for corrective lenses. They are especially beneficial for patients who cannot tolerate contact lenses or whose lenses no longer provide adequate vision correction.

Long-term Considerations and Follow-up
After Intacs insertion, patients generally experience a quick recovery, with many returning to normal activities within a day or two. Regular follow-ups are crucial to monitor the corneal health and ensure the implants remain correctly positioned. Adjustments or removal of Intacs might be necessary over time if keratoconus progresses or if better treatment options become available.

A Sustainable Option for Keratoconus Management
Intacs offer a sustainable and less invasive alternative for managing keratoconus, potentially delaying or even eliminating the need for more invasive procedures like corneal transplants. By stabilizing the cornea and improving visual clarity, Intacs allow patients to maintain a more normal lifestyle with enhanced visual performance.

Strategic Approach to Surgical Alternatives
Our strategy focuses on minimizing the need for more invasive surgical procedures, such as corneal transplants. Intacs implants present a less invasive surgical option that can significantly stabilize the cornea in keratoconus patients. By employing these micro-thin corneal inserts, we can often forestall or entirely avoid the need for corneal transplant surgery, effectively managing keratoconus progression with a minor intervention.

Enhancing Vision with Advanced Technologies
Alongside Intacs, we utilize advanced contact lens technologies that can significantly improve vision for those with keratoconus. This dual approach allows us to tailor treatment plans that combine the structural support of Intacs with the visual correction of specialty contact lenses, providing a comprehensive solution that enhances both vision and quality of life.

Support for Post-Surgical Challenges
For patients who have undergone Intacs surgery or other corneal procedures and still experience visual disturbances, our specialized contact lenses offer an essential means of visual enhancement. These lenses are designed to work in tandem with Intacs, refining visual acuity and providing comfort where surgical solutions alone may fall short.

Commitment to Non-Invasive Management
Our commitment extends to providing non-invasive management options wherever possible. By integrating Intacs and cutting-edge lens technologies, we offer our patients effective alternatives to more drastic surgical measures, emphasizing long-term eye health and functional vision improvements.

This balanced approach ensures that each patient receives personalized care that addresses both the structural and refractive needs associated with keratoconus, ultimately aiming to improve their daily lives with minimal surgical intervention.

Our Approach to Keratoconus

At our practice, our primary focus is to offer the highest level of care for keratoconus patients, emphasizing the use of customized specialty contact lenses to address the unique visual challenges presented by this condition. Our expertly prescibed lenses are designed to correct not only basic visual acuity, ensuring many of our patients achieve 20/20 vision, but also to address Higher Order Aberrations (HOAs) such as glare, halos, ghosting, starbursts, and double vision.

Customizing Treatment to Individual Needs
Choosing the right lens involves a detailed understanding of each patient’s specific situation, including the severity of their keratoconus, the particular shape of their cornea, and their personal comfort needs. During your consultation, we conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine the most effective type of lens to meet your needs, ensuring customized care that leads to the best possible outcomes.

Our Commitment to Your Vision and Eye Health
Our commitment to you is unwavering. We aim to empower you with clear, consistent vision and maintain your long-term eye health, enabling you to lead a normal, productive life. By avoiding unnecessary surgical procedures and focusing on advanced contact lens solutions, we strive to provide a non-invasive yet highly effective treatment pathway for our keratoconus patients.

Schedule your appointment with us today to explore the best lens options tailored for your keratoconus treatment and take the first step towards clearer, more comfortable vision.

Dr. Azman, one of the country’s top Keratoconus Specialists neither avoids nor declines the challenge of prescribing the most difficult cases.

Based on 11 reviews
Justin DeVito
Justin DeVito
Khamirah McCants
Khamirah McCants
Two words.. Life changing! I’ve seen multiple specialists in regard to my keratoconus diagnosis, none of these specialists were able to give a reasonable solution. I did a google search and Keratoconus Specialist of MD came up and making the call was the best decision I could make! I had an appointment and after a few test Dr Azman gave me a solution that my insurance would cover!!!!!!! Amazing!!! I am beyond ecstatic I will now have be able to see with clearer vision! Thank you
Mary Burgess
Mary Burgess
I was diagnosed with Keratoconus from a LASIK appointment. I was told to find a specialist to work with and I found Dr. Azman. Walking into the office, I was so concerned and worried from all the information I had googled. I worried that there was no hope for me. I walked in and was greeted with warm smiles which immediately calmed my nerves. I met with Dr. Azman who gave me immense hope, and I left with a new game plan, understanding, and team there to support me. I was told about my eye disease in November, and it is currently March using a pair of lenses that have me seeing clearer than I have ever seen in my entire life. I'm even going back in a few weeks to get a pair that will make me see EVEN BETTER. I am so grateful to have found Dr. Azman who never gives up and remains determined to get my eye sight as clear as possible. I recommend him to all who are searching for help in the Baltimore area.
Cheryl Sonceau
Cheryl Sonceau
As an optometrist excellent vision for me is paramount. Dr. Azman and his staff's expert examination and fitting of my scleral lenses for keratoconus provides me the excellent vision that I need to examine my patients. I have been fitted with scleral lenses by 4 optometrists over the past 10+ years. Dr. Azman is the best! His knowledge, experience and expertise can not be matched. The time and money spent by me as a patient to have my vision miraculously improved by scleral lenses is more than worth it! My personal and professional life have been blessed by Dr. Azman and his staff.
Kim McGreevy
Kim McGreevy
Azman Eye Care Specialists are absolutely top notch! This is hands down the happiest I have ever been with any eye care specialist. The office is extremely professional, clean, and efficient. The staff is friendly and helpful. Above all of that, this is the best treatment for my keratoconus I have ever had. Not only was it the easiest eye exam I have ever had, the resulting improvement to my vision is remarkable. I am more comfortable and have clearer vision than I can ever remember and I am 53 years-old. It's obvious upon your first visit that this practice stays educated and on the cutting edge of technology. Dr. Benjamin Azman clearly wants the best for his patients and will do what is necessary to achieve the best outcome. It's obvious that Dr. Azman and the entire office staff love what they do and take pride in treating their patients and providing them with solutions to increase their quality of life.
Charles Avery Thomas
Charles Avery Thomas
This is a very professional practice. Their attention to detail is unparalleled. My routine and emergency exams have been conducted with the latest technology. I feel that my Keratoconus needs are being meet with the highest standards!
Ashley Robinson
Ashley Robinson
My 3.5 year journey to getting contacts has ended thanks to Dr. Azman. Dr. Azman and his staff are simply amazing and to be honest, that doesn’t give them the fair credit they deserve. Both he and his staff are very personable, reachable, professional, and relatable. I have to admit that at first I was a bit weary about having to drive 2 hours to Baltimore for contacts, but after my first visit my anxiety was put to ease (mind you it only took 3 and I walked away with contacts I could see in). Before my visit, I was contacted by his office so they could get my past medical records. Not only did he get them, he reviewed them. I have ‘special eyes’ and finding someone who can treat them is a miracle. I am 33 and at the age of 7 I was diagnosed with uveitis and had both lenses on my eyes removed. I’m legally blind and have very poor vision in my left eye even when corrected by machines. Dr. Azman took the time to examine my eyes and suggested the best product that would maximize vision for both. While I dismiss my left eye as a place saver, he treated it the complete opposite and gave it the care it needed. To my surprise, during the second visit, I was provided a pair of contacts that fit and were usable. I was blown away because this was only a trial pair based off our first measurements. He did his tweaking and on the third visit, I walked out with contacts that I could fully function with. I cried tears of joy. The contacts I was wearing prior to him were over 5 years old and had a chip on it and were nowhere close to the right prescription. I had been going to other eye doctors for contacts for over 3 years and had no luck. I was literally about to give up but one day I randomly googled ‘sclera lens doctors in Maryland’. He popped up and the rest is history. Thanks to him, I can see. Comfortably. Correctly. But don’t take my word for it. Check him out. If you have special eye needs or just eye needs in general, give his office a call. He has been a blessing for me and hopefully for you as well.
Toni Session
Toni Session
Hello. It has been a blessing finding Dr. Benjamin. He has given me the gift of sight with the correct contacts. I have been through so many doctors and contacts (toric, hybrid, gas permeable) and none have worked. The Schlera lens that Dr. Benjamin prescribed me have been a Godsend. I recommend Dr. Benjamin. He and the staff provide excellent customer service and make you feel at home. Joanne is awesome.
Dave Moluski
Dave Moluski
I had a very difficult case due to the fact that my corneal transplants were done in 1980 and 1990 I was losing contacts as fast as I could buy them I went to see Dr. Azman and he quickly found a solution to my problem by fitting me with scleral lenses He is well-connected with other doctors, which makes the process easy and the communication outstanding He even assisted my eye surgeon during Covid when I had a rejection and my eye. Surgeons office was closed. His attention to detail has allowed my eyesight to drastically increase I would recommend him to anyone
Jose Portillo
Jose Portillo