What is PROKERA?
PROKERA is a medical device used to protect, repair, and heal damaged eye surfaces. PROKERA is made by setting a piece of amniotic membrane tissue between two rings made out of a clear, flexible material. An amniotic membrane is part of the placenta and is the tissue closest to the baby throughout development in the womb. The amniotic membrane protects the baby from any harm and it has natural therapeutic actions which help the baby develop. The tissue is rich in fetal stem cells which can enhance the health of other tissues it comes in contact with.
What does PROKERA do?
Helps the eye heal: The amniotic membrane tissue in PROKERA has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-scarring properties that help damaged eye surfaces heal faster. Eyes treated with PROKERA have quicker healing, less pain, less scarring, and less inflammation.
Protects the eye surface: The amniotic membrane in PROKERA is thin and clear, similar to the tissue on the surface of your eye and provides protection while you heal.
What does PROKERA treat?
PROKERA is used by physicians all over the world to treat eye conditions including: corneal scars, chemical burns, corneal defects, partial limbal stem cell deficiency, and many other ocular surface conditions.
Where does the amniotic membrane come from?
The placentas used to prepare PROKERA are donated by consenting mothers after cesarean section (C-section) births. Mothers that donate are fully informed, have healthy lifestyles, and are tested against infectious diseases prior to donation.
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.
Is PROKERA comfortable?
The rings that hold the amniotic membrane in place are slightly thicker than an average contact lens, so they may cause some mild awareness or discomfort in sensitive eyes. To aid healing and reduce your eye’s exposure to outside dryness, Dr. Cavanaugh may partially close your eyelid after PROKERA is inserted by using tape or temporary sutures.
Are there any special instructions to follow while PROKERA is inserted?
- Avoid rubbing your eyes, strong blinking, or moving the PROKERA with your fingers
- Do not remove PROKERA without consulting your physician first
- Do not swim or soak your face with water
- Use eye drops and other medications as prescribed by your physician (see post-operative instructions provided on the day of surgery)
- Contact your physician right away if you experience increased discomfort or have any other problems with PROKERA