Amniotic membranes have become a popular choice among practitioners for corneal related issues. These stem cell contact lenses can be used for dry eye, corneal abrasions, recurrent corneal erosions, corneal ulcers, filamentary keratitis, corneal ulcers, chemical burns, and more! I have found a great place for them in my practice. For mild superficial keratitis and minor abrasions, I will still reach for my classic bandage contact lens, but when bigger and more serious problems arise, I reach for the amniotic membranes. I have personally seen corneal ulcers heal with less pain and less scar tissue compared to a bandage contact lens. I think it is a fantastic option for patients with chemical burns.
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