What Are AmbioDisk and PROKERA?
Amniotic membrane (AM) grafts are biologic tissue placed over the cornea following treatments for ocular surface diseases or before refractive surgeries. As allografts, these tissues are sourced from human amniotic (fetal) membrane, which contains nutrient-rich growth factors and other properties that help heal and regenerate new cells on the eye's surface. Dedicated to providing the latest in ophthalmology care, our eye specialists at Rothchild Eye Institute utilize AmbioDisk® and PROKERA® amniotic membrane allograft technologies. AmbioDisk and PROKERA function as a protective layer as the eye tissues heal. These grafted tissues can minimize the risk of corneal scarring, control inflammation, and enhance patient comfort following corneal treatments. If you have corneal conditions or require refractive or cataract surgery, please schedule a visit at our eye center in Delray Beach, FL to learn more about amniotic membrane grafts.
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How Are AmBioDisk and PROKERA Membranes Placed?
AmbioDisk and PROKERA are sutureless graft membranes that are generally placed within a quick visit to our office. These devices may be indicated to help manage a variety of conditions, including corneal ulcers, corneal erosion, chemical burns, corneal defects, keratitis, dry eye syndrome, and eye infections. To place amniotic membranes at Rothchild Eye Institute, our ophthalmologists will first anesthetize the eye with numbing drops. An eye speculum may then be used to hold the eye open during the procedure. The processes for placing AmbioDisk and PROKERA vary slightly:
- AmbioDisk is smoothed over the surface of the eye. A healing contact lens is then inserted to help hold the graft in place.
- PROKERA is first secured within an ophthalmic conformer ring, which is then placed over the surface of the eye.
The nutrients from these amniotic membrane grafts typically take about 5 – 7 days to dissolve into the eye. After this time, the AmbioDisk membrane and PROKERA conformer ring will be removed from the ocular area.
AmbioDisk and PROKERA FAQ
Does AmbioDisk or PROKERA hurt?
Both AmbioDisk and PROKERA are similar to wearing a contact lens in your eye. The most common sensation is having something in your eye that may be uncomfortable for some people, but it isn’t painful.
How long does an AmbioDisk or PROKERA treatment take?
Both treatments are sutureless graft membranes that are typically placed during a quick office visit at Rothchild Eye Institute. The nutrients from the amniotic membrane take about 5 - 7 days to fully dissolve into the eye, after which the AmbioDisk membrane and PROKERA conformer ring can be removed from the eye.
What conditions are AmbioDisk and PROKERA used to treat?
AmbioDisk and PROKERA are indicated to help manage a variety of conditions, including:
- Preparation for eye surgery
- Eye infections
- Dry eye syndrome
- Corneal defects
- Chemical burns
- Corneal erosion
- Corneal ulcers
Is PROKERA covered by insurance?
Most insurance plans will cover the cost of a PROKERA treatment, but you should always check with your provider before scheduling any procedure.
Ophthalmic Healing Solutions
Corneal health is essential to your general comfort and vision. Amniotic membrane grafts, such as AmbioDisk and PROKERA, offer a natural approach to healing and provide therapeutic effects when treating an array of corneal conditions or preparing for eye surgery. We invite you to schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist at Rothchild Eye Institute in Delray Beach, FL to further explore the advantages of amniotic membrane allografts.