Are you experiencing severe dryness, corneal ulcers, or irritation in your eyes? Are you looking for an effective treatment that can help you alleviate your pain and heal your cornea properly? If yes, then you might be interested in learning about amniotic membranes in eye care. In this blog post, we will discuss what amniotic membrane is and how it can help you treat various eye conditions.
Amniotic membrane is a biological bandage that can be used to allow the cornea, which is the surface layer of your eye, to heal properly. It is derived from the innermost layer of the placenta and can be used to replace damaged tissue in the eye. Amniotic membrane is commonly used by our optometrists in Santa Clarita to treat a variety of conditions, such as dryness, corneal ulcers caused by corneal diseases, chemical burns, and corneal damage or scarring caused by contact lens overuse or improper cleaning.
Amniotic membrane is also used in eye surgeries, particularly in cases where the surgeon removes extra tissue from the eye, such as in pterygium surgery. Pterygium is a tissue in the eye that grows on top of the cornea from the white part of the eye onto the cornea, causing irritation, redness, and shifts in your prescription. When it gets to the point where it affects your vision, surgeons will remove the extra tissue and smooth the surface as much as possible. Anytime there is an opening to the surface of the eye, which is the corneal epithelium, it becomes one of the most sensitive areas in the eye. Placing an amniotic membrane after the surgery will allow the area to heal properly without friction between the eyelid and the cornea.
Amniotic membrane provides a physical barrier between the eyelids and the cornea, preventing any friction and reducing pain during the healing process. It allows the epithelial layer, which is the surface layer of the cornea, to grow back and cover the damaged area. This, in turn, stops cell death and reduces inflammation or swelling of the cornea. Additionally, amniotic membrane helps treat severe dry eyes, which can be caused by various factors, such as not producing enough tears, improper oil gland function, medications, or medical conditions. The amniotic membrane can help heal the cornea in severe dry eye cases that eye drops cannot.
These are some additional benefits of amniotic membranes: