It is a new treatment option for patients suffering from ocular surface abnormalities. Damage from dry eye, corneal ulcers, erosions, and other diseases can be improved with this treatment. An amniotic membrane is a very thin slice of tissue harvested from a human placenta. These membranes are obtained in a sterile environment during elective cesarean sections. The transplant is a quick, easy, and painless process done right here in our office. We prefer Prokera brand.
How can this transplant help?
There are a variety of benefits associated with the membrane transplant. The membrane promotes cell growth, allowing the eye to regenerate ocular tissue and potentially heal itself. In addition, the membrane speeds healing, decreases inflammation and scarring, improves comfort by reducing pain, and helps to prevent future complications related to ocular surface abnormalities.
Does insurance cover this procedure?
Each insurance plan is different, and therefore there is no blanket answer for this particular procedure. While we can assure you that insurance will be filed for you, there are deductibles, coinsurances, and copays associated with this office procedure. If you are interested in this particular treatment option, please do not hesitate to reach out to us: we will contact your insurance company and attempt to gather the data to share with you.