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PROSE: Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem

Improve Vision and Reduce Dry Eye, Pain and Light Sensitivity

North Shore-LIJ Ocular Surface Center is one of only seven sites in the U.S. which offers PROSE (prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem) in collaboration with Boston Foundation for Sight. PROSE is a pioneering treatment model that restores vision, supports healing, reduces symptoms and improves quality of life for patients suffering with complex corneal disease. PROSE uses FDA-approved custom designed and fabricated prosthetic devices to replace or support impaired ocular surface system funcations that protect and enable vision. PROSE can be ideal, and sometimes only, treatment capable of restoring vision and dramatically reducing symptoms such as eye pain, severe dry eye, blurry vision and light sensitivity.

The prosthetic devices created during PROSE are transparent domes, about the size of a nickel, made of specialized plastic that allows oxygen to reach the ocular surface. Devices fit under the eyelids and rest on the sclera (the relatively insensitive white tissue) of the eye, creating a new transparent, smooth optical surface over the damaged or diseased cornea. The space between the cornea and the device is used to hold a pool of artificial tears against the eye. PROSE doctors design and fit devices to each patient's unique eye shape and to meet specific treatment goals.

Benefits of PROSE

  • Reestablishes a healthy and stable ocular surface environment that supports healing and reduces symptoms
  • Improves vision by masking surface corneal irregularities and transmitting a sharp image to the back of the eye
  • Prevents damage by protecting and shielding the cornea and conjunctiva against the environment and eyelids

Together with our partners, we have successfully treated thousands of patients with conditions such as Steven-Johnson syndrome, chronic ocular graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), dry eye syndrome, keratoconus, ocular trauma, complications of LASIK, and complications of cornea transplantation.

Our friendly staff would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have regarding candidacy, billing, insurance or scheduling. It is our goal to make the approval and treatment process as easy as possible for our patients.

For more information, please call (516) 465-8509.

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