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Dry Eye is an extremely uncomfortable condition in which one or both of your eyes feel extremely irritated for extended periods of time. Literally millions of people have experienced “dry eye syndrome” (DES), as there are a number of common causes.

Environmental factors, eye injury, and even certain health conditions can cause DES, as can weather conditions (like wind), dry, cold winter air, and even high altitudes. The condition can develop after extended exposure to any of these factors, and usually prevents your eyes from lubricating properly. In some cases, the opposite happens, and eyes tear excessively. However, due to a change in the acidity of tears, the eyes continue to feel dry, scratchy, and itchy. In short, suffering with dry eye can be a miserable experience for anyone.

Dry eye syndrome is very common, especially in the older women. The condition is often triggered by a change in hormone levels during and after menopause, pregnancy, menstruation and from using birth control. The use of certain medications can also alter the eye’s ability to remain well lubricated, popular antihistamines and decongestants among them.

The severity and symptoms of dry eye vary from person to person, but they often include redness, a dry, scratchy feeling, tearing, eye discharge, and sensitivity to light.


Dry eye is a painful condition, and should not be taken lightly. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the cornea and in extreme cases, even vision loss. Sometimes it can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, so it’s extremely important to have your eyes examined at the onset of this uncomfortable condition.

Thankfully, there are new treatment options available to help people suffering with dry eye. Here at Silverstein Eye Centers, we’re proud to offer PROKERA® for our patients.

This innovative treatment isn’t another eye drop or prescription medication, it’s a biologic corneal bandage that heals the surface of your eye (cornea) and returns your eye to a normal, healthy state with less pain, scarring and inflammation.

PROKERA® is similar to a contact lens, but is applied and removed in our office with a simple procedure. Once removed, the cornea is rejuvenated so you can see and feel better. In a recent patient survey, 93% of patients with Dry Eye said they felt better after treatment with PROKERA®.

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PROKERA® is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared therapeutic device that reduces inflammation and promotes healing. Please visit to learn more about this innovative treatment, and contact our office to schedule a consultation. You don’t need to suffer with this uncomfortable condition!

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  1. Dorothy Copley says:

    If I elect to have the Prokero dry eye treatment how long does the treatment last. Does it ever have to be done again. Does the lens have to be replaced after a period of time, or taken out. What training or education to do this procedure?

    • Hi Dorothy,

      If you’re interested in Prokera, we’d really like to see you for a consultation. The effectiveness of the treatment will vary based on the severity of your dry eye symptoms, and to give you the most accurate info, we’d need to examine your eyes first. Please give our office a call at (816) 358-3600 to schedule an appointment. We’d love to meet with you!

    • Dorothy – we passed along your questions to the doctor, and this was his response:

      “This treatment is reserved for patients with severe dry eye with epithelial problems. It is placed on the eye in the office. The patient would then return in 7-10 days to have it removed in the office. The goal is to help heal the ocular surface. It will have some short term benefit in improving dry eye signs/symptoms, but ultimately the patient will require additional treatment modalities to keep the ocular surface stable and treat the dry eye.

      In a nutshell, it is not a longterm treatment for dry eye. It is used to get the ocular surface to an improved state and then other treatment options will work to maintain the surface for the long haul and treat any underlying causes of dry eye.”

      We hope that helps!

  2. EyeSoothe says:

    Thankfully, this is new treatment options available to help people suffering with dry eye. You offer PROKERA for dry eye patients.I have severe dry eye and I am going to try this hopefully it will be all good to me.

  3. Dominic Mirioba Atambo says:

    Hi this Dominic in Nairobi, Kenya I have teenage boy who has been diagonized with the problem of dry eyes, he was prescribed some eye drops by the doctor to use, but also the doctor said we need to buy him some glasses that can regulate light entering the eye until when the eyes will get well. But my concern is is this technology (profokera) available here in Kenya? If yes can you kindly guide me.


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