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Amniotic Membrane Corneal Bandage

Amniotic tissue

We have the ability to treat our patients with amniotic tissue. This is a new and innovative field that we feel can add additional therapeutic options in our ability to treat surface diseases of the eye.

This procedure requires the placement of amniotic tissue bandage onto the surface of the eye. These bandages incorporate natural substances to aid in ocular surface reconstruction and promote healing. It is now being used to treat severe superficial ocular surface disease. The results have been outstanding. Now, when conventional treatments become ineffective or the need for additional therapy is needed we have other options. This therapeutic procedure has been shown to significantly improve the outcome in treatment of certain conditions. The conditions of dry eye, keratitis sicca, recurrent corneal erosion, corneal dystrophy, poor wound healing from chemical, thermal, or infections, aphakic / pseudophakic bullous keratopathy, and others now have a much better outcome potential with this procedure.

The amniotic membrane is the inner most layer of the placenta consisting of a thick basement membrane and a vascular stromal matrix. This tissue is obtained by donation. Amniotic tissue is harvested and preserved following the delivery of a healthy newborn by C section. The tissue is analyzed for a multitude of diseases; sanitized and processed. This preparation makes every attempt to retain its healing properties.

The two main suppliers of this tissue are BiotissueR with their ProkeraR [see] and Blythe Medical with their arilTM tissue [see]. These tissues come in different forms and are applied in a different manner, depending on the needed treatment. The ProkeraR comes draped across a ring which is inserted under the eyelids, covering the cornea. The arilTM comes as a sheet that is draped onto the front of the eye. A bandage contact lens is then placed over the sheet. Each has its advantages in treating certain conditions. Each has its advantages based on the shape of the eye and the condition being treated. In addition, medications and artificial tear may be required.

For more information please call our office.