What is Amniotic Membrane Therapy?

Amniotic Membrane Therapy is a revolutionary treatment for patients suffering from dry eye syndrome. This innovative approach utilizes the natural healing properties of amniotic membrane tissue to repair and rejuvenate the ocular surface, providing relief for those with chronic dry eyes.

Benefits

  • Natural Healing: Harnesses the body’s innate healing mechanisms.
  • Reduced Inflammation: Contains natural anti-inflammatory agents.
  • Pain Relief: Offers significant pain relief and comfort.
  • Quick Recovery: Speeds up the healing process of the ocular surface.
  • Safe and Effective: Clinically tested with a high safety profile.
  • The therapy is generally safe, with a low risk of complications.
  • Efficacy varies, but many patients report substantial relief from dry eye symptoms

Who is it for?

Patients with moderate to severe dry eye syndrome, particularly those who have not responded to conventional treatments, may benefit from this therapy.

How does it work?

Amniotic membrane, the innermost layer of the placenta, is rich in essential growth factors and anti-inflammatory properties. This type of therapy involves placing a specially prepared amniotic membrane onto the eye’s surface. This membrane acts as a biological bandage, promoting healing and reducing inflammation in the ocular tissue.

What to expect

First, your Optometrist will perform an evaluation of your eye condition to determine if amniotic membrane therapy is suitable.

Prior to the procedure, your eye will be numbed with topical anesthetic drops to ensure comfort. The eye and surrounding area will be thoroughly dried. The amniotic membrane, preserved and sterilized, is carefully positioned over the cornea (the eye’s surface). For some patients, a special contact lens is placed over the membrane to hold it in place. You may be prescribed antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to prevent infection and aid healing. Regular check-ups are scheduled to monitor the healing process and the membrane’s integration or absorption.

Minor discomfort or foreign body sensation may be experienced immediately post-procedure. Vision may be temporarily blurred due to the presence of the membrane. Most patients notice a significant improvement in symptoms within a few days to weeks.