PROKERA® is a therapeutic device used by eye doctors around the world to protect, repair and heal damaged eye surfaces. The mechanism is similar to a contact lens, with a ring at the periphery that is filled with a clear, natural membrane material. The membrane provides natural therapeutic actions to the ocular surface that promote repair and healing, as well as reducing scarring, inflammation and pain. The membrane itself is clear, like the tissue on the surface of the eye.
In an in-office procedure, Dr. Belmont places the PROKERA lens over the cornea, just like a regular contact lens. The lens is left in place for several days, allowing the membrane that it contains to stimulate the body’s own growth factors to reduce inflammation and promote faster, less painful healing. Dr. Belmont will indicate when one should return to have the contact and ring removed.
What can PROKERA treat?
The FDA has determined Prokera to be safe and effective for the treatment of eye diseases including keratitis, corneal scars, chemical burns, corneal defects, partial limbal stem cell deficiency and many other ocular surface diseases with inflammation.
Are there any special instructions to follow while PROKERA is inserted?
- Avoid rubbing your eyes, strongly blinking or moving the PROKERA lens with your fingers.
- Do not remove PROKERA without first consulting Dr. Belmont.
- Do not swim or soak your face with water.
- Keep your eyes tightly shut while in the shower.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery or perform functions that require unobstructed vision or good depth perception.
- Use drops and medications exactly as instructed by Dr. Belmont.
- Contact Dr. Belmont right away if you are uncomfortable or have any problems with PROKERA.