"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.

Dry Eye Syndrome + Epithelial Erosion = A Problem, Until Now

My previous blog on Recurrent Corneal Erosion syndrome (RCE) discussed the problem with the never ending cycle of palliative treatment. Contact lenses, artificial tears, and sodium chloride drops are commonly used to alleviate the patient’s ongoing symptoms of erosions. The epithelial anomaly is usually due to trauma to the corneal surface; in the following case, the trauma was induced by corneal surgery. If the patient suffers from the condition of Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) in addition to epithelial erosion, then the equation will yield a problem that may never be restored . . . until now.

If It Walks, Talks, and Looks Like a Duck, Then It Must Be RCE…

As many of your patients can attest to, the dreaded “Freddy-Krueger-fingernail”, Recurrent Corneal Erosion syndrome (RCE), is unfortunately quite common in our daily practice. We always treat these patients with the classic bandage contact lens (BCL) and sodium chloride drops in hopes that this will solve their problem. However, the dilemma ensues when the abrasion persists incessantly never to heal properly again. So we ask, is it possible to prevent this type of recurrence to rid the cornea of all future erosions forever? Thankfully, with the advent of cryopreserved amniotic membrane, a reversal of this misfortune is now conceivable. Our clinic has been fortunate enough to resolve this conundrum through the use of PROKERA® as highlighted in the below case.

A Combination Approach to Treating Recurrent Corneal Erosion Syndrome

Management of recurrent corneal erosion (RCE) syndrome can be frustrating for both the patient and doctor. Patients are often upset by the recurrent episodes of pain and decreased vision, and we as doctors may become discouraged when presented with the inability to cure our patient’s disease.