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PROKERA® lens is a special eye treatment that helps stimulate healing and provides protection to the surface of the eye. If you have eye irritation, dry eye, corneal damage, or other ocular surface conditions, the PROKERA® lens may offer you relief and recovery.

Before you decide whether or not PROKERA® is right for you, it’s important to know what to expect from the treatment. Keep reading to get the basics on PROKERA® aftercare and PROKERA® side effects, and speak to your McAllen eye doctor for an in-depth explanation of the recovery process.

PROKERA® Aftercare

During the first 24 hours after your surgery, you can expect your vision will be cloudy and obscured, and that cloudiness and obstruction are likely to increase in the days following your procedure. 

By the fifth day, your doctor will likely schedule a follow-up for the removal of the PROKERA® lens. The PROKERA® aftercare you should follow will vary from one stage of recovery to the next:

The First 24 Hours After PROKERA® Placement

  • Take a nap after returning home
  • Do not rub your eyes
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities
  • Do not use heavy machinery
  • Apply cool compresses as prescribed by your doctor
  • Use gel tears as prescribed by your eye doctor
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen if needed
  • Clean discharge from your eyes with a warm wet towel
  • Notify your doctor about any concerns

Days Two to Five After PROKERA® Placement

  • Do not engage in strenuous activities
  • Do not use heavy machinery
  • Do not rub your eyes
  • When showering, keep your eyes tightly closed
  • Do not remove the PROKERA® lens
  • Avoid strong blinking
  • Do not swim or soak your face
  • Use eye drops and medications as prescribed by your eye doctor

How To Treat PROKERA® Side Effects

PROKERA® is usually accompanied by certain side effects. Many of those side effects are unlikely to go away until after the lens is removed, but there are steps you can take to get relief from PROKERA® side effects in the meantime:

  • Foreign-Body Sensation — the PROKERA® lens is a foreign object that’s placed on the eye beneath the lids which can cause discomfort. This sensation fades on its own with time.
  • Discharge — PROKERA® is associated with eye discharge, especially upon waking. This discharge can be removed with a warm wet cloth.
  • Discomfort — if the PROKERA® lens is causing you discomfort, your doctor may suggest you use cold compresses or they may prescribe gel tears. You may also get relief by taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Vision Discomfort — due to the cloudiness of your vision, trying to focus on objects can cause some vision discomfort. Pointing your nose at what you want to focus on can help relieve this discomfort.
  • Cloudy Vision — your vision will be restored after the PROKERA® lens is removed by your doctor. Do not attempt to remove the lens yourself. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery, and avoid other activities that require clear vision during this time.

Get Relief From Your Eye Problems With McAllen PROKERA® Treatment at Gelman Vision

If you’re suffering from an ocular surface condition like eye irritation, dry eyes, or Keratosis, the PROKERA® amniotic lens may be your best option for relief. After just five days, your eye could undergo significant healing. 

Come see us at Gelman Vision to learn if PROKERA® for dry eyes is right for you. Dr. Rachel Gelman can help you determine the best treatment for your vision and ocular health problems.

Get your PROKERA® treatment from the only corneal transplant surgeon in the RGV. Come see Dr. Rachel Gelman at Gelman Vision for superior eye care.

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