Amniotic Membrane Grafts
The amniotic membrane is a unique tissue that has innate properties which makes it ideal to assist in wound healing. Innovative technology has made it possible for it to be used in the treatment of many eye diseases that affect the ocular surface. These diseases include severe dry eyes, cornea infections and inflammation. The cornea is the clear outer dome of the eye that allows that light to pass through the eye and be focused on to the retina. When this clear tissue loses its transparency vision is decreased. The amniotic membrane is placed on the eye in your eye doctor’s office similarly to a contact lens. A contact lens is then placed over the membrane and left in place for 3 to 7 days while the membrane dissolves. The contact lens is then removed. This treatment reduces ocular pain and discomfort and decreases the amount of scarring that can occur.