What is PROKERA®
PROKERA® is a biologic corneal bandage device used to support the treatment and healing of several different corneal conditions.
PROKERA® has been revolutionary in the healing of the corneal surface after diseases such as keratitus, dry eye syndrome, recurrent corneal erosions, herpetic ulcers, and much more.
PROKERA® is a safe and effective way to aid in the healing of the corneal surface while minimizing corneal scarring, which can lead to further complications and vision problems.
How Does PROKERA® Work?
PROKERA® uses amniotic membrane tissue, which has natural therapeutic actions that help the damaged surface of the eye heal. This provides faster, more effective healing of the cornea with much less pain, scarring, and inflammation. PROKERA® leads to clear corneas and improved clinical outcomes.
PROKERA® is made by adhering a piece of amniotic membrane tissue in between two rings made from a clear and flexible material. This tissue has natural therapeutic qualities that aid in ocular surface repair. While inserted into the eye, PROKERA® protects the eyes while also aiding in fast healing.
The PROKERA® Procedure
The PROKERA® device is rinsed with a sterile eyewash prior to insertion into the eye. Once sterilized, your doctor will apply topical anesthesia to the eye to ensure no pain or discomfort during the procedure. Your upper eyelid will be pulled up, and you will be asked to look down.
The PROKERA® device is then inserted into the eye, upper eyelid first, then into the lower eyelid. Once the eye is sufficiently healed, your doctor will remove the PROKERA® device. The healing of the cornea can be monitored even while the device is inserted, and healing time depends on the initial damage done to the eye.
Is PROKERA® Safe?
PROKERA® is a safe, effective treatment provided by a tissue bank regulated by the FDA. The tissue has passed many quality control tests before it is provided to your doctor. Ask your doctor if you are concerned about the risks involved with using human tissue.
Our cornea is made up of 5 layers of tissue just like our skin. The goal of PRP is to make the epithelial layer [first layer] healthier. Platelet Rich Plasma [PRP] is a preservative-free eye drop made from your own plasma cells.
After the blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge the rich protein and platelets remain in the plasma which is then mixed with sterile saline to produce a concentrated eye drop.