We have all heard and likely used an amniotic membrane for anterior segment disease management in practice at some point in our careers, and if you have yet to handle a membrane, what an intimidating and yet exhilarating experience it is to apply the very first one! Common indications for amniotic membrane use can range from dry eye management to various forms of keratitis, to moderate and severe recurrent erosions of the corneal epithelium, and beyond. I will not be going into extensive detail on what they are and the science behind them, or even the various options available, but instead, I want to share my personal experience of the first application, successes and failures, and an interesting case I recently saw which is relevant to the topic.

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Milana Matz
Dr. Matz is co-director of contact lens services at North Suburban Vision Consultants. She graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry, and formerly served her internship at NSVC under the direction of Dr. Eiden with emphasis in contact lens specialty care, treatment of anterior segment eye diseases and primary medical eye care. Dr. Matz is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. She has special interest and experience in advanced and complex contact lens services, aesthetic eye and facial services and primary family eye care. Additionally, Dr. Matz has special interest in nutrition and its influence on the ocular system as well as general health and wellbeing. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association.

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