PROKERA® is a therapeutic device used by eye doctors around the world to protect, repair and heal damaged eye surfaces. PROKERA® is made by clipping a piece of amniotic membrane tissue in between two rings made out of a clear, flexible material.

What is amniotic membrane tissue?

Amniotic membrane is part of the placenta and is the tissue closest to the baby throughout development in the womb. Amniotic membrane protects the baby from any harm and has natural therapeutic actions which help the baby develop. The tissue has healing properties that aid in ocular surface repair.

What does PROKERA® do?

The amniotic membrane tissue in PROKERA® has natural therapeutic actions that help damaged eye surfaces heal. Eyes treated with PROKERA® have quicker healing, less pain, less scarring, and less inflammation. The amniotic membrane in PROKERA® is thin and clear like the tissue on the surface of your eye and protects your eye’s damaged tissue while inserted.

What does PROKERA® treat?

Anyone who has corneal damage or is planning on undergoing a surgical eye procedure is a possible candidate for PROKERA®.

PROKERA® can be used to treat a range of common corneal conditions, including:

  • Keratitis – Inflammation of the cornea
  • Dry eye – A lack of adequate quantity or quality of tears
  • Recurrent corneal erosions – A condition in which the outermost layer of epithelial cells fails to attach to the underlying membrane
  • Corneal ulcers – Erosion or open sore on the surface of the eye
  • Cornel abrasions – A wound on the surface of the eye

PROKERA® corneal bandages are also commonly used post-operatively to promote rapid healing and reduce inflammation without the risk of increasing intra-ocular pressure.

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 a human tissue.

The PROKERA® Procedure

The PROKERA® procedure is quick and painless. During your appointment, Dr. Townsend will place the bandage in much the same way that a contact lens is inserted into the eye.

The PROKERA® bandage will be removed from its packaging, rinsed with a sterile saline solution, and precisely placed to remain comfortable and functional during use. The bandage will remain in place until you have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Townsend about one week later to ensure you are healing properly.

PROKERA® bandages can be worn for up to eight weeks, but most patients need only wear them for as little as one to two weeks.

Schedule a Consultation

Patients everywhere are already experiencing the reduced recovery time, minimized pain, and overall better patient outcome that can be achieved with the PROKERA® corneal bandage.

To learn more about this revolutionary treatment and whether it is right for you, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Townsend today.