Is Prokera Right for You?
The medical device Prokera, worn in the eye, promotes healing of various ocular surface diseases. Dr. Gregory J. Johnson and Dr. Gail Kelley of Intracoastal Eye discuss what Prokera does and which patients may benefit.
This therapeutic device, known as a biologic corneal bandage, is made from amniotic membrane. This membrane, which has natural anti-inflammatory properties, encourages healing with minimal scarring. It is the only such device approved by the FDA for use by eye care specialists to quickly relieve symptoms associated with ocular surface disease.
The membrane is similar to that of the natural tissue on the eye. Once inserted, it protects eye tissue while reducing inflammation. It promotes the restoration of eye health and is safe and effective.
The device may be inserted in the doctor’s office or in an outpatient facility in conjunction with another procedure.
What Does Prokera Treat?
Prokera is used to treat various eye conditions and symptoms, including:
- Chemical burns
- Corneal scars and ulcers
- Dry eye
- Vision distortion
Prokera Amniotic Membrane
The amniotic membrane, with its unique healing properties, protects the baby in the uterus. The amniotic membrane used in Prokera is obtained after Cesarean-section births with the mother’s consent. Women agree to the donation beforehand.
Only those with healthy lifestyles who test free of infectious diseases may donate tissue. All tissue banks are FDA-regulated and accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.
What Does Prokera Feel Like?
Prokera feels like a large contact lens in the eye. While it does not hurt, the doctor may tape the eyelid shut to relieve discomfort.
Prokera may affect vision during treatment. Vision should return to normal post-therapy.
What to Expect
Prokera is generally prescribed for three to five days. Some patients may need an additional round of therapy. The doctor will prescribe eyedrops to use during treatment.
Your doctor will provide you with the following instructions:
- Avoid rubbing the eye.
- Do not try to move the device with your fingers.
- Try not to blink vigorously.
- Never remove Prokera without consulting your ophthalmologist.
- Stay out of the water while wearing the Prokera device.
- If taking a shower, keep your eye closed tightly.
- Contact the doctor immediately if experiencing any side effects, such as a discharge or swelling.
If you would like to know whether Prokera is right for you as a treatment for symptom relief, contact Dr. Gregory J. Johnson and Dr. Gail Kelley at Intracoastal Eye. We will answer all of your questions about the device and the procedure.