Z-ICR (Intracorneal rings)
In MELC, the tunnels for the intrastromal rings are created using the Femtosecond laser. Therefore, the corneal tunnels are formed from inside the cornea reducing the risk of infection significantly. Moreover, stress to the cornea is minimal because only moderate pressure is exerted on the eye and the corneal tunnels are done with very high accuracy. Hence, excellent results are achieved.
There are 2 types of intrastromal rings available – INTACS and Keraring. Depending on the shape of the cornea, your doctor will decide which type of ring is the best for your condition.
The advantages of the intrastromal corneal rings are that their insertion does not affect the central cornea, and thus, their effect is not related to the healing process in the cornea. No corneal tissue is removed, and the implants are reversible