Navigation Links
Renowned Eye Surgeon Dr. Stewart Shofner Answers Top Ten Questions About Amniotic Membrane Graft Procedure for Vision Improvement
Date:10/29/2015

Renowned Eye Surgeon Dr. Stewart Shofner has successfully used Amniotic Membrane Graft procedures on patients to promote healing from recurrent corneal erosions, corneal chemical burns, foreign body removal, pterygium (surfer's eye), corneal epithelial defects, after PRK, and in other cases.

About Amniotic Membrane Grafts
Amniotic membrane is the innermost layer of the placenta consisting of a thick basement membrane and an avascular stromal matrix. It can be used as a graft and as a dressing to facilitate ocular surface reconstruction and to promote healing. This fairly quickly procedure is performed typically at an Ophthalmologist’s office versus a surgical center.

The amniotic graft procedure begins with the patient comfortably relaxed in an exam chair. A speculum is placed to hold the eyelids off the surface of the cornea. “After the speculum is in place, I will apply a numbing drop on my patient’s eye and place the graft directly on the corneal surface where it's needed most,” says Dr. Shofner. If the placement is directly over the cornea, a bandage contact lens (non-prescription) will be placed directly over the graft, and the speculum is removed.

Dr. Stewart Shofner answers top ten questions commonly asked by patients about this effective reconstructive procedure.

1. Is the graft made from fetal tissue? No. It's made from a tiny layer of human amniotic tissue (the sac that holds a baby). The amniotic sac is donated to science (by consent) after a baby is born.

2. Is the graft wet? No. The graft is dry and much thinner than a sheet of paper.

3. How long does it take to work? Usually within 5 days a patient will notice tremendous relief. The graft naturally absorbs into the surface of the cornea within 7-10 days.

4. Is the procedure painful? No. A patient may feel slight pressure from the speculum at the time of the graft placement. Some may also feel the bandage contact lens.

5. What if the bandage contact lens falls out? It is recommended patients do not try to put the lens back in their eye but to contact their Ophthalmologist immediately.

6. Can eye drops be used after the procedure? Yes. Patients should continue to use eye drops as instructed by their medical professional.

7. 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 graft. Any undesirable results from testing will indicate that the tissue is not fit for use, and the tissue is disposed of properly.

8. Is this the same as a corneal transplant? No. The procedure is not the same as a corneal transplant. However, this process can be used before requiring a transplant, as it's less invasive.

9. Does insurance cover it? Typically, yes. If medical necessity can be proven, typically, medical insurance will cover this procedure. Of course, this will follow a patient’s policy guidelines, according to copays, coinsurance, and deductibles. If insurance is denied, Shofner Vision Center will assist patients with an alternate payment plan.

10. Which amniotic grafts are the best? Many companies produce quality amniotic grafts. “BioDOptix is one of the quality brands we use for our patients and have had great success,” says Dr. Shofner. BioDOptix® is a dehydrated, extracellular membrane allograft derived from human amniotic tissue for use as a scaffold for ocular tissue repair and regeneration.

Additionally, it’s important for patients to know that vision may be very blurry immediately after the procedure. “Many patients claim it feels as if they are looking through water,” says Dr. Shofner. Visual acuity continues to improve daily and tremendous relief within a week.

About Dr. Stewart Shofner
Harvard Graduate, Dr. Stewart Shofner has been practicing in Nashville since 1990, is Board Certified and one of the country's premier eye surgeons. As a renowned eye surgeon, Dr. Shofner has performed over 30,000 LASIK/PRK vision correction surgeries, more than 10,000 cataract surgeries and offers a variety of treatments to improve vision including the amniotic membrane graft procedure.

About Shofner Vision Center
Shofner Vision Center offers comprehensive eye exams, complimentary LASIK exams, Cataract and LASIK/PRK vision correction surgery, dry eye treatment, and eye disease diagnosis and treatment. Our vision center provides patients with the most appropriate and customized options to improve their vision.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/ShofnerVisionCenter/AmnioticMembraneGrafts/prweb13041937.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2015 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved


Related medicine news :

1. Renowned Eye Surgeon Dr. Stewart Shofner Shares New Research on the Dangers of Wearing Cosmetic Contact Lenses
2. World-Renowned Cancer Care Comes to Jacksonville with Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center Opening
3. Thermi® Partners with Internationally Renowned Gynecologist William Saye, M.D.
4. Intellitec Solutions helps a renowned international nonprofit handle reporting challenges with Intacct
5. Renowned Giraffe Researcher Speaks at Oakland Zoo
6. Register Now for Ellie Helton Memorial 5K and Fun Run in Cary, NC Benefiting Renowned Brain Aneurysm Foundation
7. Upcoming 4th Annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Event to Benefit Renowned Brain Aneurysm Foundation
8. 3rd Annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness Run (BAAR) Benefitting Renowned Brain Aneurysm Foundation is Fast Approaching
9. Renowned Eye Surgeon Dr. Stewart Shofner Shares a New Study That May Reduce Myopia in Kids
10. Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Specialists Welcomes New Aesthetician To Their World Renowned Practice.
11. World-renowned Painter to Put on Interactive Show at Nonprofit Fundraiser
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/13/2019)... ... February 13, 2019 , ... Dr. Jig Patel and ... Muizz Merchant, an exceptionally talented and knowledgeable dentist from St. Louis, MO, ... dental techniques, such as CEREC same-day dentistry, root canals and emergency treatment. Dr. Patel, ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... February 13, 2019 , ... Surgery that ... effective and safe treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), resulting in benefits that include ... risk, according to a new study. , MMA should be regarded as the preferred ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... February 13, ... ... their exclusivity, and luxurious lifestyle publication is privileged to present Dr. David A. ... Living partnership. , Haute Beauty offers a prominent collective of leading doctors. The ...
(Date:2/12/2019)... , ... February 12, 2019 , ... ... interactive workshop from FDAnews and Ombu Enterprises**, Feb. 19-20, 2019, Atlanta, GA , ... Management: Prepare for the Winds of Change on Jan. 22 , Risk management ...
(Date:2/12/2019)... ... February 12, 2019 , ... Accreditation Commission ... Island Partnership for Home Care. This agreement allows Rhode Island Partnership for Home ... Duty Accreditation services, as well as discounts on ACHCU educational resources that help ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/14/2019)... ... 2019 , ... In this month’s NEPC Education Interview ... A. Smith speaks with Christopher Saldaña, Doctoral Student Researcher at the National Education ... in the marketing of educational resources to schools. , Along with his co-authors, ...
(Date:2/14/2019)... ... February 14, 2019 , ... ... focuses on developing and commercializing minimally-invasive, innovative spinal technologies, today announced a ... Surgical name better emphasizes our commitment to delivering new, cutting-edge, surgical solutions ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Entomol’s breakthrough safe and effective all natural ... release and sale within the state. California has the most stringent regulatory approval ... This registration opens the door for wholesale/retail and military sales opportunities within the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: