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Should You Have Intacs™?
By Joseph F. Fleming, M.D.
Whether for keratoconus, for problems after LASIK, or simply for nearsightedness, Intacs™ is a modern surgical procedure deserving your consideration. Intacs™, also known as intracorneal ring segments, can usually be done in the office using only eyedrops for anesthesia. The procedure involves implantation of two small arcs of special plastic in the eye's cornea (the clear front window of the eye).

The presence of the ring segments slightly alters corneal shape allowing the correction of nearsightedness or smoothing of eyes with keratoconus. Intacs™ has been FDA approved for treatment of nearsightedness since 1999, and it has been used "off-label" to treat keratoconus and for treatment of problems experienced by some after LASIK.

Fleming Firsts
1. First in U.S. to perform Intacs™ for keratoconus.
2. First in world to perform Intacs™ on patient with previous LASIK.
3. First in world to perform Intacs™ on patient with previous radial keratotomy.
4. Published first scientific paper on Intacs™. (J Refr Surgery 1987)
5. Co-authored first textbook on Intacs™ (with Drs. Lovisolo and Pesando).
6. Worked closely with Intacs™ Inventor A. E. Reynolds in the original Intacs™ research.
7. Taught Intacs™ surgery worldwide in 15 countries.