Contact lenses are one of the most common methods to improve blurry vision. While contact lenses are safe and effective, many users struggle with nagging discomfort, dry eyes, abrasions, and even infections.1
These problems cause millions of contact lens users to discontinue their use each year.2 If you’re a contact lens user, PRP Dry Eye Clinic offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) serum drops to relieve your contact lens discomfort.
Several factors contribute to contact lens discomfort. These include:
Your corneas are the clear, protective layer of tissue that covers the front of your eye. Having an irregularly-shaped cornea, such as an astigmatism, can prevent contact lenses from fitting properly over your eye. As a result, you may experience some discomfort.
Research studies indicate contact lens wear can cause changes in the cells of your corneas, including increased cell size. The increased cell size may lead to thinning of the outer layer and slowing of its renewal.3,4 These changes can put users at an increased risk of infections.
Environmental allergens can adhere to the surface of your contact lenses, leading to allergic conjunctivitis (pink eye), dry eyes, or watering. Cleaning or reducing wearing time of your contact lenses can help reduce these effects.
Wearing contact lenses for long periods of time can lead to dry eyes. Contact lenses divide the tear film in your eyes into 2 layers: pre- and post-lens tear film. The division can create instability in the tear film, thinning of both layers, and increased friction between the contact lens and the eye surface.5
The stroma is the thickest layer of your cornea, making up 90% of its structure.6 Several studies show a loss of keratocytes – cells that help maintain the health of your stroma – after extended contact lens wear.7,8
Contact lenses carry a higher risk of infections than glasses. Bad contact lens habits, such as sleeping in them, can cause infections that lead to:
Without treatment, contact lens-related eye infections can cause vision loss or blindness.
There are numerous methods to manage or treat contact lens-related discomfort. But your treatment may require more than one technique, and the success of some are unpredictable.9
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) serum eye drops have been gaining attention among ophthalmologists in recent years for their outstanding efficacy and safety profiles.
Platelets, the smallest of your blood components, play a critical role in healing and tissue regeneration because they provide numerous growth factors and bioactive proteins.10,11 They also recruit and release various chemicals in your body, like chemokines and cytokines, to control inflammation.12
PRP or serum eye drops deliver these benefits directly to your eyes in a highly concentrated, easy-to-use form.
Results from early clinical studies show the promising potential of PRP serum eye drops.
One of the main benefits of PRP serum eye drops is the restoration of tear film function.13 One case study presented a patient with significant dry eyes who needed to wear sunglasses during all waking hours. After being treated with PRP, the patient was able to return to a normal quality of life that has continued for more than a year after treatment.14
Similar results have been observed in other clinical studies. In a study involving 18 patients with dry eyes, 89% of patients experienced symptom improvements after just 1 month of treatment.15 A much larger study with 368 patients with moderate to severe dry eyes reported improvements in 87.5% of cases.16
The growth factors in PRP serum eye drops can benefit the health of your cornea and stroma.17,18,19 One study examined the use of PRP as an adjunctive therapy in patients with resistant corneal ulcers. After just over 4 weeks of treatment, all of the corneal ulcers were healed.20
The PRP procedure is simple, convenient, and quick. Your entire appointment should last about an hour. Here’s what you can expect at PRP Dry Eye Clinic:
|A technician will draw a small sample (about 15 cc) of blood from you, which will be placed in a tube.|
|The vial is placed in a centrifuge, which spins the blood at high speeds. This separates the platelets from the other blood components.|
|We remove the tube from the centrifuge and reintroduce the concentrated platelets to the plasma.|
|Once the PRP solution is prepared, your provider will provide instructions on how to use the eye drops.|
We offer autologous PRP therapy, meaning it’s made from your own blood. Using your own body to heal means the risk of adverse reaction is extremely low. Talk to your provider if you experience any discomfort from your PRP serum drops.
Contact lens discomfort can wear you down and take away your ability to live the way you want to live. Get rid of eye discomfort with PRP serum eye drops.
If you’re in the Joplin, MO area and want to learn more about how PRP serum eye drops can help you, talk to one of our caring staff today.Call us today to learn what PRP can do for you.