An amniotic membrane, the inner layer of the placenta after a live birth, has anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, anti-angiogenic and anti-microbial properties. In effect, it creates a fetal environment that promotes corneal healing and helps return the ocular surface to a normal state.
Amniotic membranes are indicated for conditions such as severe dry eyes, recurrent erosion syndrome, infectious keratitis/ulceration, Salzmann’s nodular dystrophy, superficial punctate keratopathy (SPK), epithelial basement membrane dystrophy and neurotropic disease.
Amniotic membranes are not indicated for patients with mild dry eye who don’t experience corneal changes. For these patients, we rely on standard treatments, including artificial tears, topical steroids, such as loteprednol etabonate (Lotemax Gel, Bausch & Lomb), Restasis, Xiidra, Cequa and, when indicated, punctal occlusion.
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