Regenerative Healing with Amniotic Membrane Tissue
Today’s patients are benefiting from research and an expanded set of tools for treating difficult conditions, and the use of amniotic membrane tissue is a good example of that. The innate healing properties of the tissue make it ideal for faster healing and tissue regeneration. It is especially helpful in the treatment of corneal diseases and degeneration. The amniotic membrane contains specialized proteins and growth factors that diminish inflammation, prevent drying, aid tear stability and accelerate healing.
Eyes treated this way usually experience less pain, less inflammation, less scarring and heal more quickly. Some of the eye conditions that we treat with the tissue are chemical burns, pterygiums, conjunctivochalasis, corneal defects, and dry eyes, just to name a few.
What is amniotic membrane tissue and where do you get it?
It is the part of the placenta that protects the baby with its natural therapeutic properties. The tissue is donated by consenting mothers after cesarean section births. The mothers have been tested for health issues prior to donation, and have made an informed decision to help others. The tissue bank is regulated by the FDA and quality control testing.
Amniotic Membrane Tissue used at The Eye Associates
AmbioDisk™ is a sutureless, dehydrated amniotic membrane allograft utilized for the safe and effective treatment of ocular surface diseases and disorders in the office setting. 5-year shelf life with simple room temperature storage.
PROKERA® is made by clipping a piece of amniotic membrane tissue in between two rings made out of a
clear, flexible material.