Prokera (Cryopreserved Amniotic Membrane)

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Prokera® is a combination medical device used by eye doctors around the world for anti-inflammation, anti-scarring and promoting healing of damaged eye surfaces. It contains the only FDA-cleared cryopreserved amniotic membrane, which supports the corneal-healing process without harmful side effects.

What Can Prokera Be Used for?

Prokera can be used for many eye health concerns. If you’ve experienced an infection or injury to your eye, your doctor may use these biological corneal bandages to help your eye heal and restore vision.

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Keratitis
  • Corneal scar prevention
  • Chemical burns
  • Corneal defects
  • Post-cornea transplant
  • Corneal erosions

Taking Care of Your Eyes After a Prokera Placement

For best results following a Prokera placement, you will want to follow these instructions for eye care. And if at any time you experience an issue or concern, reach out to the Gelman Vision team for help.

  • Do not touch or remove the Prokera device without first talking to your eye doctor.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes or blinking forcefully.
  • Close your eye tightly while showering and do not swim or submerge your face in water.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery or engage in other activities that require consistent clear vision and depth perception.
  • Follow home instructions provided by your eye doctor.
  • Contact our office right away if you experience any discomfort with your Prokera.


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Common Questions About Prokera

Prokera is made from amniotic membrane which has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-scarring properties. It is the only FDA-cleared therapeutic device used by eye care practitioners to provide quick1 symptom relief and reduce inflammation associated with ocular surface disease. It helps restore your cornea and return your eye to a normal, healthy state.

Amniotic membrane is part of the placenta and is the tissue closest to the baby throughout development in the womb. Amniotic Membrane protects the baby from any harm and has natural biologic actions which help the baby develop. The tissue has biological properties that aid in ocular surface repair. The amniotic membrane tissue in Prokera has natural therapeutic actions that help damaged eye surfaces heal. Eyes treated with Prokera have less scarring and less inflammation. The amniotic membrane in Prokera is thin and clear like the tissue on the surface of your eye and protects your eye’s damaged tissue while inserted.

Prokera is used by eye doctors to treat eye diseases such as keratitis, corneal scars, chemical burns, corneal defects, partial limbal stem cell deficiency and many other ocular surface diseases with inflammation. Prokera is provided by a tissue bank regulated by the FDA. The tissue has passed many before it is provided to your doctor. Ask your doctor if you are concerned about the risks involved with using a human tissue.

Prokera is a safe treatment provided by an FDA-regulated tissue bank. The tissue is donated from healthy mothers who have had c-sections. The donor and tissue have passed numerous quality control tests including social habits, physical and medical screening before it is provided to your doctor.

Prokera is similar to a large contact lens. You may experience awareness of the ring but it is not painful. For optimal healing, it is important that you complete the Prokera treatment period of 3-5 days. Your eye doctor may use tape to partially close your eyelid after Prokera is inserted. Special instructions for Prokera:

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes, forceful blinking, or moving
  • Prokera with your fingers
  • Do not remove Prokera without consulting your eye doctor first
  • Do not swim or soak your eye with water
  • Shower only when the eye is tightly closed
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery or perform functions that require unobstructed vision or good depth perception
  • Use eye drops and other medications as prescribed by your eye doctor

Contact your eye doctor right away if you are uncomfortable or have any other problems with Prokera, such as swelling, redness or discharge.

Prokera treatment utilizes amniotic membrane tissue, a product that helps heal damaged eyes thanks to its natural properties. These properties let Prokera promote faster and more effective healing, reducing inflammation and scarring.

While the Prokera device is on your eye, it can affect your depth perception and obstruct your view. Do not operate heavy machinery or drive until it is removed.

The device is pretty similar to a contact lens and you may feel little to no discomfort. You may be able to feel the ring in your eye, but there shouldn’t be any pain.

The treatment can last three to five days depending on your eye doctor’s recommendations.

Side effects can include vision blurring, but most patients report little to no side effects from using Prokera.

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