Dry eye is a chronic condition that must be managed properly in order to maintain clear and comfortable vision. Unfortunately, some treatments are expensive, tedious, and not always covered by insurance. At Ives Eyecare Center, we are dedicated to creating a customized treatment plan for your chronic dry eye. Certain Medicare plans do not cover current first line prescription eye drops, which makes managing irritation much more difficult. Fortunately, there are alternatives that may act faster and more effectively than tears alone. Amniotic membrane tissue has incredible healing properties and application is covered under most Medicare and medical insurance plans (*once individual deductibles are met). Stem cell tissue acts within days to heal corneal ulcers, dry eye, abrasions and more, while some eye drops may take weeks to months for patient relief.
PROKERA Amniotic Membrane
PROKERA is a therapeutic device designed to repair and heal eye surfaces. The membrane is derived from placental tissue, which has incredible healing properties. The membrane and is clipped between two rings made out of a clear, flexible material and inserted, much like a contact lens, onto diseased eyes. The membrane typically dissolves within 5-7 days leaving the outer ring on the eye surface. This must be removed by the prescribing doctor. PROKERA has the advantage of larger surface coverage for severely dry or damaged eye surfaces.
ACELL FX Acellular Amniotic Membrane
Acell FX is an allograft dry membrane with the same therapeutic properties of other amniotic membranes, but is much more thin, comfortable, and transparent than its competitors. The dry membrane is placed in a soft contact lens, then inserted onto the patients eye. The membrane itself will dissolve within 5-7 days, but the contact lens must be removed by the prescribing doctor.
- Corneal Ulcers
- Dry Eye
- Recurrent Epithelial Erosions
- Corneal Abrasions/Physical Trauma
- Chemical Trauma
- Sjogren’s Related Dry Eye
- Chronic Stevens-Johnson syndrome and many more*
*Amniotic Membranes can be used in conjunction with current eye drop management including antibiotics, steroids, glaucoma drops and prescription dry eye drops