Impacting a patient’s quality of life – A PROKERA case study


I love what I do, and one of my greatest accomplishments is knowing that I truly impacted a patient’s quality of life. This was the case with one of my patients, a 45 year-old male who works using his computer all day – he also happens to only have one eye. About two years ago, he came to see me and was extremely distraught because he could no longer see his computer without his eye watering and burning. He had moderate glaucoma and was also a steroid responder, meaning we couldn’t give him a standard steroid to help with his symptoms without compromising his glaucoma.

Ocular Surface Regeneration in Dry Eye Disease: New Article and Case Study


For patients with chronic dry eye disease causing corneal conditions such as SPK or filamentary keratitis, PROKERA® offers a viable option for immediate intervention as a powerful anti-inflammatory with the long-lasting benefit of regenerative healing.

An Account Representative’s Perspective: Five Key Things I Learned from Being Treated with PROKERA


As an account representative for Bio-Tissue, I look forward to visiting with doctors and staff and talking about the benefits of PROKERA. However, when I recently became a patient, I learned even more about the benefits of this biologic corneal bandage with cryopreserved amniotic membrane. This experience not only helped heal my ocular surface, but also provided valuable information I can pass on to doctors and staff.

"Why Intervene/5 D's” Reference Guide Now Available Online


To support doctors using PROKERA and inform others who may be interested in implementing Bio-Tissue’s biologic corneal bandage device in your practice, we recently made our "Why Intervene/5 D's" reference guide available to everyone online. This handy guide provides a quick reference to various indications where PROKERA provides clinical value, and we received such positive feedback to the print version that we decided to offer it electronically.

A Protocol for Use of PROKERA after Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking


With the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval of corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) (Avedro, April 2016) for the treatment of progressive keratoconus, we can expect to see a high volume of these procedures being done by corneal specialists. Although the disease is considered rare, which according to the National Eye Institute (NEI) affects approximately one in every 2,000 Americans, the disease can lead to blindness if not treated. As we know, the surgical technique for performing CXL that is FDA-approved for use in the U.S. at this time is epithelium-off (epi-off, Dresden protocol).

Part 2: Amniotic Membrane Speeds Healing


In part one of a two-part series, Josh Johnston, OD discussed the paradigm shift in treating patients with dry eye. Here, he speaks to Primary Care Optometry News (PCON) about cryopreserved amniotic membrane and how it speeds healing.

In his last blog, Josh Johnston, OD, Georgia Eye Partners, spoke about the “Paradigm Shift in Treating Patients with Dry Eye” and how the introduction of new therapies allows doctors to provide better outcomes to patients and improve clinical outcomes. One of the therapies he spoke of is PROKERA with cryopreserved amniotic membrane, and its many benefits particularly for those patients with corneal involved dry eye.

Bringing Value & Affecting Change: A Representative's Role


You have all seen many industry representatives in your office and operating rooms, and I’m sure you have an opinion on what attributes define good and not-so-good salespeople. Having worked in eye care for a while now and being very passionate about what I do, I wanted to share my perspective on what I believe makes for a good representative. These attributes are what motivate me every day when I am out talking with many of you and your staff in your practices, and helping you reach your goals.

Successfully Treating a Chemical Corneal Burn


On the date of examination, this kind 25 year old Filipino gentleman, who is a UCONN adjunct professor, presented for an emergency in reference to a chemical burn injury while helping his student with an experiment containing trifluoroacetic acid. While attempting to salvage the work, the pressure built up in the tubing and exploded into his right eye. He immediately flushed the eye under a Morgan Lens for several minutes to mitigate the acidic response. Subsequently, the infirmary contacted our office to see him on the same day to assess the status of his eye. On arrival, he wore dark sunglasses, was in tremendous pain, had light sensitivity, and his eye was sealed shut.

The Dangers of Beauty Treatments


We all know using makeup, and particularly not removing it at night, can have a huge impact on eye health and lead to or worsen conditions such as blepharitis, Demodex and also dry eye. As such, it’s becoming increasingly important to discuss cosmetics and ocular hygiene with our patients. A recent case also highlights the dangers of beauty procedures, which are becoming increasingly popular, in this case eye lash tinting.

Treating Chronic Dry Eye: Why I Use CryoTek Cryopreserved Amniotic Membrane for These Patients


Dry eye is a multifactorial and progressive1 disease for which we use many treatments, but the Prokera® corneal bandage is the first and only biologically active treatment that directly targets the cornea. Prokera has been a game-changer in my practice. I use it not only for DEWS2 Level 3 and 4 patients, but also for those with Level 1 or 2 dry eye with corneal involvement, especially Sjögren’s patients, who are chronically uncomfortable and not responding to conventional therapies, even if there is a disconnect between their signs and symptoms.