ICRS (Intracorneal Ring Segments) implantation
Although Keratoconus can be stabilised with Corneal Cross-linking, some patients are still contact lens intolerant after the treatment and still have poor vision due to a very irregular cornea. We now have a therapeutic option for these patients, namely Intracorneal Ring Segments implantation, called ICRS.
ICRS are small arc-shaped rings that vary in thickness and length. They are made of inert plastic which are implanted in a laser cut channel within the cornea. These ring implants cause a flattening of the cone-shaped cornea and subsequently a more regular cornea. It is a safe and effective treatment of Keratoconus and can delay or prevent the need for a corneal transplant. It can also be done in conjunction with CXL.
Dr. Sachin Bawa uses a FEMTO laser to create the stromal tunnels to insert the rings, which is a safer and more precise alternative to manual tunnel creation. Each patient will have an individualised treatment plan, based on their corneal maps.
It is performed as a day procedure under topical anaesthesia and patients can resume their normal daily activities the next day.