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.

A Cautionary Formula: When EBMD with Concomitant Dry Eye Disease Is Mixed with Glaucoma Medications

Dry Eye Disease (DED) is on the rise with dramatic statistics illustrating a 10% increase over the next decade along with epithelial basement membrane dystrophy (EBMD) ranging from 10-40% of the population to make matters more complex.

I recently had a case of a 66 year-old female with a longstanding history of both EBMD and DED, which was compounded by two glaucoma medications. This presented as an emergency for what the referring Optometrist diagnosed as a large abrasion.