Dry Eye Center

1500 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV 26105

(304) 295-7177

Patients with moderate to severe dry eye may have persistent damage to the corneal surface. These patients will likely benefit from treatment with a Prokera Amniotic Membrane. Donated amniotic tissue is held in place over the cornea with a small ring for several days. This tissue promotes corneal healing and can keep even severely dry eyes comfortable for months after removal. To learn more about Prokera Amniotic Membrane, check out the information below.

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What is PROKERA®?

PROKERA is a therapeutic device used by eye doctors around the world to protect, repair and heal damaged eye surfaces. PROKERA is made by fastening a piece of amniotic membrane to a polycarbonate ring.

What is amniotic membrane tissue?

Amniotic membrane is part of the placenta. It is the tissue closest to the baby throughout development in the womb. Amniotic membrane protects the baby from any harm and it has natural therapeutic actions which help the baby develop. This tissue has healing properties that aid in ocular surface repair.

Exposure keratitis before PROKERA treatment

Exposure keratitis after PROKERA treatment

Chemical burn before PROKERA treatment

Chemical burn after PROKERA treatment

What does PROKERA do?

Helps the eye heal:

The amniotic membrane tissue in PROKERA has natural therapeutic actions that help damaged eye surfaces heal. Eyes treated with PROKERA have quicker healing, less scarring, and less inflammation and related pain.

Protects the eye surface:

The amniotic membrane in PROKERA is thin like the tissue on the surface of your eye and protects your eye's damaged tissue while inserted.

What does PROKERA treat?

PROKERA is used by eye doctors all over the world to treat eye diseases such as keratitis, corneal scars, chemical burns, corneal defects, partial limbal stem cell deficiency and many other ocular surface diseases with inflammation.

Corneal scar before PROKERA treatment

Corneal scar after PROKERA treatment

Is PROKERA safe?

PROKERA is a safe, effective treatment provided by an FDA­regulated tissue bank. The tissue has passed numerous quality control tests before it is provided to your doctor. Ask your doctor if you have questions about using PROKERA to treat your condition.

Is PROKERA comfortable?

PROKERA is similar to a large contact lens. You may experience a foreign body sensation that is uncomfortable, but it should not hurt.

To aid healing and reduce your eye's exposure to outside dryness, your eye doctor may use tape to partially close your eyelid after PROKERA is inserted.

Are there any special instructions to follow while PROKERA is inserted?

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes, strong blinking, or moving PROKERA with your fingers
  • Do not remove PROKERA without consulting your eye doctor first
  • Do not swim or soak your face with water
  • Shower only when the eye is tightly closed
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery or perform functions that require unobstructed vision or good depth perception
  • For PROKERA Clear, there will be instances where full visual acuity is not realized during eye movement
  • Use eye drops and other medications as prescribed by your eye doctor
  • Contact your eye doctor right away if you are uncomfortable or have any other problems with PROKERA


PROKERA is a therapeutic device that simultaneously reduces inflammation on the surface of your eyes and promotes scarless healing of your cornea.

PROKERA allows for easy insertion and removal of the device in your doctor's office. When PROKERA is placed on your eye, it will aid in healing, minimize scarring, and decrease inflammation and related pain.

Ask your eye doctor for more details about using PROKERA to treat your eye surface condition.

Office Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Office Info

1500 Grand Central Ave.
Vienna, WV 26105
Phone: (304) 295-7177