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What is PROKERA?
PROKERA® is a biologic corneal bandage device made from amniotic membrane which has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-scarring properties. It is the only FDA cleared therapeutic device used by eye care practitioners to provide quick symptom relief and reduce inflammation associated with ocular surface disease. If helps restore your cornea and return your eye to a normal, healthy state.
What Are Some Indicators for PROKERA?
- Dry eye syndrome
- Filamentary keratitis
- Neurotrophic corneas
- Specialty physicians
- Post-cornea transplant
- Salzmann’s nodular degeneration
- Exposure keratopathy
- Infectious keratitis
- Recurrent corneal erosions
- Pre-cataract surgery
- Chemical burns
- Neurotrophic corneas
Special Instructions for PROKERA:
- Avoid rubbing your eyes, forceful blinking, or moving PROKERA with your fingers
- Do not remove PROKERA without consulting your eye doctor first
- Do not swim or soak your eye with water
- Shower only when the eye is tightly closed
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery or perform functions that require unobstructed vision or good depth perception
- Use eye drops and other medications as prescribed
- Contact our office right away if you are uncomfortable or have any other problems with PROKERA, such as swelling, redness or discharge.
What Is Amniotic Membrane?
Amniotic membrane is part of the placenta and is the tissue closest to the baby throughout development in the womb. Amniotic membrane protects the baby from any harm and has natural biologic actions which help the baby develop. The tissue has biological properties that aid in ocular surface repair. The amniotic membrane tissue in PROKERA has natural therapeutic actions that help damaged eye surfaces heal. Eyes treated with PROKERA have less scarring and less inflammation. The amniotic membrane in PROKERA is thin and clear like the tissue on the surface of your eye and protects your eye’s damaged tissue while inserted.
How Does PROKERA Work?
The amniotic membrane tissue in PROKERA products has natural properties that help damaged eye surfaces heal. PROKERA products promote faster and more effective healing of the ocular surface by reducing inflammation and scarring. Whether managing disease, trauma, or post-operative care, healing of the ocular surface is of paramount concern because it directly affects your comfort, and most importantly your vision.
Is PROKERA Safe?
PROKERA is a safe treatment provided by an FDA-regulated tissue bank. The tissue is donated from healthy mothers who have had c-sections. The donor and tissue have passed numerous quality control tests including social habits, physical and medical screening before it is provided to your doctor.
What Should I Expect?
PROKERA is similar to a large contact lens. You may experience awareness of the ring but it is not painful. For optimal healing, it is important that you complete the PROKERA treatment period. Your eye doctor may use tape to partially close your eyelid after PROKERA is inserted.