Amniotic membranes are a type of tissue graft that can be used to treat a variety of ocular surface conditions such as severe dry eye, keratitis, corneal ulcers, recurrent corneal erosions, and a multitude of other corneal diseases. These membranes are derived from the innermost layer of the placenta and are rich in growth factors, cytokines, and other regenerative proteins that promote healing, tissue repair, and regeneration.
Optometrists can play a key role in providing amniotic membrane services to their patients. Optometric Physicians can identify and treat patients who may benefit from amniotic membrane treatment, and provide pre-and post-operative care to ensure the best possible outcomes. With the right training and expertise, optometrists can help their patients achieve optimal eye health and vision by incorporating amniotic membrane services into their practice.