Questions and Answers About Keratoconus – Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD

  1. What are Intacs®?
    Intacs® are tiny curved plastic segments that are placed in the outer part of the cornea under the surface to change the shape of the cornea. Intacs® are tiny curved plastic segments placed under the surface of the cornea.
  2. Are they permanent?
    Intacs® are designed to remain within the cornea, but there is always the option to remove them. That is, if an Intacs® patient needs a transplant, the Intacs® will simply be removed prior to the procedure.
  3. How do Intacs® help with Keratoconus?
    A specialized Intacs® technique has been developed that can decrease the corneal steepening in keratoconus. This can lead to improved natural vision as well as improved vision with glasses and contact lenses. Intacs® help to decrease corneal steepening.
  4. How long does the procedure take?
    The 10 minute procedure is performed as an outpatient minor office procedure.
  5. Is the procedure painful?
    The procedure is performed with topical numbing drops. No shots or needles are used during the procedure. You will notice a slight pressure sensation from the eyelid holder.
  6. What if I blink?
    During the procedure, a tiny eyelid holder is used to keep your eye open so you do not have to worry about blinking


Many out-of-town patients would like Dr. Brian to do a complimentary review of their medical records and make a preliminary determination of candidacy. This is useful before planning a trip to Beverly Hills.

Some people’s friends ask them, “Why are you thinking of travelling to Beverly Hills for your eye procedure?” They typically answer with, “I deserve the BEST and I want to go to the BEST doctor!”

These are the three easy steps for your complimentary chart review with Dr. Brian:

  • Along with your last 2 or 3 eye exams, please be sure to include a color copy of your corneal mapping. Color corneal mapping is a very important tool, along with your exam history, to determine your candidacy. The last 2 years of your total eye history will be used to make this preliminary determination.
  • Inside the envelope, please be sure to include a cover sheet with your name address, phone number and email address and the words, “Keratoconus Record Review”, so that we may optimize communication with you.
  • Enclose with your letter a copy of your records.

Mail to:

Boxer Wachler Vision Institute
Keratoconus Record Review
465 N. Roxbury Drive, Suite 902
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Or you can scan your records and email them to info@boxerwachler.com.

Dr. Brian’s Keratoconus Specialist will contact you to discuss the review.

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