Treating Chronic and Acute Diseases of the Surface of the Eye Using ProKera®
There are many eyes diseases, ocular injuries, or ocular surgeries that can have problems with healing and/or can cause significant scarring. This can lead to permanent ocular pain, redness, and loss of vision. Some of these are:
Recurrent corneal erosion
Chronic inflammation of the cornea due to herpes viral infections or other viral infections
Neurotrophic (loss of innervation or sensation) corneal disease
Chemical and/or thermal burns to the eye
Stevens – Johnson syndrome – acute severe inflammatory reaction involving the surface of the eye
Can be used in conjunction with different corneal surgeries to help with healing and preventing scarring and haze in the cornea which could cause blurred or loss of vision
Can be used in conjunction with different surgeries of the conjunctiva and certain lid surgeries
What is ProKera?
ProKera is amniotic membrane that is retrieved from donor mothers after elective cesarean section. The donor mothers are screened at delivery for any infections, auto-immune diseases, malignancies, neurological diseases, and social history. The donors are tested for the following:
HIV 1 and HIV 2 antibody
HIV 1 virus (NAT)
Hepatitis B surface antigen
Hepatitis B core antibody
Hepatitis C antibody
Hepatitis C virus (NAT)
HTLV 1 and 2 antibodies
West Nile virus
The ProKera is not released until microbiology testing reveals no growth of any microorganisms.
How Does ProKera Work?
ProKera acts like a biological bandage containing vital cytokines and growth factors. This helps reduce scarring, decreases inflammation, reduces pain, and promotes healing of the epithelium (surface cells of the body). ProKera works synergistically with the patient’s own system enhancing tissue repair. ProKera looks like a large contact lens that is placed on the ocular surface.
Benefits of ProKeraProvides therapeutic actions and aids in the healing process of the cornea
When placed in the eye it conforms to the corneal surface of the eye
It helps to prevent adhesions of the conjunctiva
It can be placed on the eye during surgery or in the doctor’s office
ProKera can be a valuable tool in the treatment of certain chronic ocular disease, injuries to the eye, and help with healing after a variety of ocular surgeries.