We're proud to announce that we've partnered with Bio-Tissue to offer a new and exciting treatment to aid in healing the damaging effects of dry eye. Our offices in Broad Ripple, Greenwood, Noblesville South, South Bend, Terre Haute, and Evanston (Illinois) will now be able to offer our patients with Prokera, a biological corneal bandage used to promote healing on the surface of the eye.
Leaving your Eyes High and Dry
Dry eye is one of the most common reasons patients seek help from their doctor. It has been estimated that 10 to 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from dry eye. Dry eye syndrome is a term generally used to describe a group of conditions that result from insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Common symptoms of dry eyes may include dryness, scratchiness, burning or stinging, tired eyes, general discomfort, blurred or variable vision, sensitivity to light, gritty or Foreign Body Sensation (FBS), contact lens intolerance and tear debris. If left untreated, dry eye can ultimately cause inflammation of the eye which can damage ocular structures and cause more inflammation. Treatment of this condition may include artificial tears, daily eyelid hygiene wipes, a prescribed medication regimen, omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplements, and punctal occlusion of the eyelid.
Prokera is a biologic corneal bandage that is similar to a large contact lens. When placed on the eye, it helps relieve dry eye symptoms and restore the cornea back to a healthy optimal state, as well as improve vision. It has been clinically proven to reduce both signs and symptoms of dry eye. The amniotic membrane tissue in Prokera has natural therapeutic actions that help damaged eye surfaces heal. Components in the membrane promote regenerative healing processes and tissue remodeling, versus normal adult healing which potentially leads to disorganized scar tissue formation.
Prokera is the only FDA cleared therapeutic device that both reduces inflammation and promotes healing. In a dry eye study with 160 respondents, 95% said Prokera healed their eye, and 81% said it improved their vision.
Our practices have been built on being able to implement new technologies such as Prokera in order to provide our patients with the best eye care possible.