PROKERA® is a biologic corneal bandage device used to support the treatment and healing of several different corneal conditions.
PROKERA Corneal Bandage Kelly Vision Center
Patients with moderate-to-severe dry eye may have persistent damage to the corneal surface. PROKERA is a safe and effective way to aid in the healing of the corneal surface while minimizing corneal scarring, which can lead to further complications and vision problems.
What is PROKERA?
PROKERA has been revolutionary in the healing of the corneal surface after diseases such as:
- Corneal wounds
- Recurrent corneal erosions
- Corneal ulcers
- Dry eye syndrome
How Does PROKERA Work?
PROKERA uses amniotic membrane tissue, which has natural therapeutic actions that help the damaged surface of the eye heal. This provides faster, more effective healing of the cornea with much less pain, scarring, and inflammation.
PROKERA leads to clear corneas and improved clinical outcomes. It’s made by adhering a piece of amniotic membrane tissue in between two rings made from a clear and flexible material.
This tissue has natural therapeutic qualities that aid in ocular surface repair. While inserted into the eye, PROKERA protects the eyes while also aiding in fast healing.
Many patients want to know if their procedure is covered by health insurance. This isn’t always clear until we have spoken with you, but many services that we offer are fully or partially covered. If there’s a procedure that you’re interested in and you’d like to know whether or not it’s covered, we encourage you to inquire about specifics when you’re in the office with us. We can determine if your procedure will be assisted by the financial help of health coverage.
The PROKERA Procedure
The PROKERA device will be rinsed with a sterile eyewash before it is inserted into the eye. Once sterilized, Dr. Kelly will apply a topical anesthesia to your eye to ensure that there is no pain or discomfort during the procedure. Your upper eyelid will be pulled up and you will be asked to look down. The PROKERA device is then inserted into your eye — upper eyelid first, then into the lower eyelid. Once your eye has been sufficiently healed, Dr. Kelly will remove the device. The healing of the cornea can be monitored even while the device is inserted, and healing time will depend on the initial damage that has been done to your eye.
Why Choose Kelly Vision Center?
Kelly Vision Center was founded by James Kelly, MD in 1998. Dr. Kelly is a board-certified ophthalmologist, with refractive surgery as his subspecialty. Because he is passionate about helping his patients experience excellent eye health and live a better quality of life, he is involved with every step of your treatment. Come discover why Kelly Vision Center is New York’s trusted choice for vision correction surgery and eyecare. We are dedicated to making your experience with us pleasant, comfortable, and professional. Learn if PROKERA is the right choice for you by scheduling a free consultation with Dr. Kelly.
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. If you’re concerned about the risks involved with using human tissue, we encourage you to bring this up with Dr. Kelly during your consultation.