PROKERA® is a corneal bandage that is comprised of amniotic membrane, a tissue that has been used in eye surgery for over 15 years. The amniotic tissue used in PROKERA® is provided by a tissue bank regulated by the FDA and has passed numerous quality control tests making it safe and effective. The delicate tissue includes cells that have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation with patients who are experiencing delayed healing of the cornea or symptoms of dry eye. The tissue that forms the corneal bandage is suspended in a ring that fits like a contact lens and can be comfortably inserted and removed in our office. The PROKERA® corneal bandage is a member of the only family of therapeutic devices approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote regenerative healing of the ocular surface without scarring. This groundbreaking treatment offers relief from pain and irritation, allowing your cornea and tear layers to heal naturally while inhibiting the growth of scar tissue or risk of spikes in intraocular pressure. PROKERA® has been shown to provide therapeutic healing for patients who suffer from keratitis, filamentary keratitis, recurring corneal erosions, herpetic ulcers and severe or chronic dry eye. According to a survey of dry-eye sufferers who have used PROKERA®, 93% reported increased comfort after a single treatment.
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision that improves with blinking
- Excessive tearing
- Increased discomfort after periods of reading, watching TV, or working on a computer
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is one of the most commonly treated eye problems in the United States, affecting more than 19 million people. In a healthy eye, tears are made up of balanced amounts of mucus, water and oil. These components are produced by glands in individual layers, called the mucus, middle aqueous and lipid layers, that work together to keep eyes flushed and lubricated. As we age, our bodies produce less oil, sometimes causing thinning of the outer lipid layer, resulting in insufficient tear production and faster evaporation of the tears that moisten the eye. Over time, dry spots form on the ocular surface causing unsightly redness, burning, itching, blurred vision that improves with blinking, increased discomfort while reading, watching television or using a computer, and excessive tearing. Left untreated, dry eye syndrome can lead to eye infections and corneal scarring. Most cases of dry eye are the result of the normal aging process; however, the condition is more common in women. Prolonged exposure to air conditioning or hot, dry conditions can worsen symptoms of dry eye. To protect your vision and your health, drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily and remember to blink often to refresh your eyes.
At Alpine Eye Care, we pride ourselves on being the region’s leading eye care center, and we want to take care of you. If you have been suffering from the symptoms of dry eye, call 1.877.733.2020 or schedule an appointment to learn more about how Alpine Eye Care can use PROKERA® to promote regenerative healing of your ocular surface without scarring.