PROKERA® is a therapeutic device used to protect, repair and heal damaged eye surfaces. The mechanism is similar to a contact lens, with a ring at the periphery that is filled with a clear, natural membrane material. The membrane provides natural therapeutic actions to the ocular surface that promote repair and healing, as well as reducing scarring, inflammation and pain. The membrane itself is clear, like the tissue on the surface of the eye.
In an in-office procedure, Dr. Kanevsky or Dr. Salner will place the PROKERA lens over the cornea, much like a regular contact lens. The lens is left in place for several days, allowing the membrane that it contains to stimulate your eye's own growth factors and reduce inflammation to promote faster, less painful healing. The doctor will indicate when one should return to have the membrane removed.
WHAT CAN PROKERA TREAT?
The FDA has determined Prokera to be safe and effective for the treatment of a multitude of eye diseases including severe dry eye, recurrent corneal erosions, large corneal abrasions, keratitis, corneal scars, chemical burns, corneal defects, partial limbal stem cell deficiency and many other ocular surface diseases that involve inflammation.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO FOLLOW WHILE PROKERA IS INSERTED?
• Avoid rubbing your eyes, strongly blinking or moving the PROKERA lens with your fingers
• Do not remove PROKERA without first consulting your doctor.
• Do not swim or soak your face with water.
• Keep your eyes tightly shut while in the shower.
• Use drops and medications exactly as instructed by your doctor.
• Contact Dr. Kanevsky or Dr. Salner right away if you are uncomfortable or have any problems with PROKERA.