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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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Stephanie Woo
Associate Editor, Contact Lenses for odsonfb.com. Dr. Stephanie L. Woo was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, AZ. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona and graduated with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry. She completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where she was trained to fit highly irregular corneas. She was the recipient of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute Award for Clinical Excellence and also the John R. Griffin Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy. Dr. Woo is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society. She authored the Gas Permeable Lens Expert column in Review of Contact Lenses. She authored several articles for the Contact Lens and Cornea section of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Woo currently co-authors the GP Insights column for Contact Lens Spectrum, and she is an active GPLI advisory board member. Dr. Woo currently serves as Vice President of the Scleral Lens Society. Dr. Woo enjoys lecturing around the world on the subject of contact lenses and anterior segment disease. Dr. Woo is in private practice and owns Havasu Eye Center, Parker Vision Care, and Blythe Vision Care.

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