The symptoms of early stage, mild dry eye can be alleviated by using artificial tears, lid scrubs, warm compresses, or medicated drops and/or pills. Another option is to plug the small opening in the inner corner of the eyelid where tears drain out. Lacrimal plugs, also called punctal plugs, are small silicone or collagen plugs that are simply inserted by an eye care professional to stop tears from draining too quickly. These plugs are not usually felt by the patient and can temporarily relieve the symptoms of dry eye. For severe cases, permanent plugs are also available. Often times, even dietary supplements (e.g. krill oil) can alleviate dry eye symptoms.
Some newer treatment options are available for evaporative dry eye, which is dry eye in which the oil layer of the eye is inadequate. This layer of the tears is governed by the meibomian glands, which have a tendency to become blocked, particularly in dry, sunny Las Vegas. Wellish Vision Institute offers Intense Pulse Light (IPL), LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation and now PROKERA to patients with this condition.
PROKERA is a biologic corneal bandage device that is used to treat eye diseases such as keratitis, dry eye, recurrent corneal erosions, filamentary keratitis, persistent epithelial defects, neurotrophic corneas, herpetic ulcers, and many other ocular surface diseases.
The PROKERA products are the only therapeutic devices approved by the FDA that reduce inflammation and simultaneously promote regenerative healing of the ocular surface.
The amniotic membrane tissue in PROKERA has natural therapeutic actions that help damaged eye surfaces heal. PROKERA products provide faster and more effective healing of the cornea with less pain, scarring and inflammation, leading to clear corneas and improved clinical outcomes.
PROKERA devices are safe and effective with no risk of intraocular pressure spikes or delayed healing, and can be inserted in the doctor’s office.
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