BIODOPTIX AMNIOTIC GRAFT
A new and exciting treatment for surface diseases of the eye is the use of the Amniotic Membrane Allograft. The BioDOptix amniotic membrane allograft is the preferred option by Dr. Lipschultz. The application of amniotic membrane to the surface of the eye promotes healing of corneal ulcers, chronic corneal epithelial defects, keratitis, severe chronic dry eye, keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye), recurrent corneal erosions, corneal burns, foreign body healing, pterygia and in other corneal disease cases.
An amniotic membrane is the innermost layer of the placenta, consisting of a thick basement layer of tissue that is very similar to the surface tissue of the eye (the epithelium). When applied to the surface of the eye, thee is a significant improvement in healing of the eye surface. This painless, in office procedure takes only a few minutes to perform.
The procedure consists of first anesthetizing the eye with several numbing eye drops. The very thin graft is then gently applied to the cornea. A bandage soft contact lens is placed over the allograft in order to help keep it in the location it is most needed. The patient is then discharged.
Over the next 4-6 days after application, the allograft dissolves into the corneal surface, and the contact lens can be removed and disposed of.
To read more about the BioDOptx treatment, download the patient brochure from the manufacturer, and please, call us with any questions!
FAQ ABOUT THE PROCEDURE:
- Is the graft made from fetal tissue? No. It is derived from a tiny layer of human amniotic tissue (the sac that holds a baby). If the delivering mother has consented, the amniotic sac is donated to science after her delivery..
- Is the graft wet? No. The graft is dry and only 40 microns in thickness.
- How long does it take to work? Typically, the allograft has dissolved within 5 days. Patients generally notice a benefit to vision and comfort within 1 to 2 weeks.
- Is the procedure painful? No. The bandage lens may also be mildly noticeable. Occasionally, we see an acute allergy to the allograft, and must remove it the first day or two.
- What if the bandage contact lens falls out? It is recommended patients do not try to put the lens back in the eye, but should contact our office immediately.
- Can eye drops be used after the procedure? Yes. Patients should continue to use eye drops as instructed.
- Are grafts tested for disease? Yes. A rigorous testing process is used to determine the highest quality, disease-free tissue available for use in the creation of the allograft.
- Is this the same as a corneal transplant? No. This procedure is for transplanting a tiny graft onto the ocular surface, for the purpose of tissue repair.
- Does insurance cover it? Yes. This treatment option is reserved for moderate and severe ocular surface disease, as well as for non-healing corneal injury and disease, and is considered a surgical procedure, for which medical insurance provides coverage.
- Which amniotic grafts are the best? Many companies produce quality amniotic grafts. BioDOptix is the brand we prefer. We have found it to be the most comfortable of the allografts we have used.