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(208) 522-5594

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Amniotic Membrane

If you're in the Pocatello, Idaho Falls, St. Anthony, or Rexburg areas of Idaho and in need of an eye doctor to help with cataract surgery, Summit Eyecare is here for you. We also treat dry eyes and many other conditions, and our optometrists are here to make sure you can get the support you're looking for, based on any eye condition you're concerned about. One way we can help is through the use of an amniotic membrane for improved cataract results. This treatment can make a difference in the success of your procedure.

What Is the Amniotic Membrane?

The amniotic membrane is part of the placenta and has been used since the early 1900s as a substitute for skin. Because it's natural, biological tissue, there's little to worry about with rejection and related problems. It also has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties, which can reduce the chances of infection, as well as fight pain and discomfort in the area where it's used. Its usage has continued to increase in popularity, and it's now used in eye surgeries, as well.

How Does This Membrane Help With Cataract Surgery?

In cataract surgery, the amniotic membrane can be used as part of the treatment to speed healing and reduce complications. It can be used with sutures or tissue glue and helps to make cataract surgery less of a risk, even for those who may be at higher risk for complications, or who may have other health conditions that could slow their ability to heal from surgery. With the membrane used much like a surgical bandage, any discomfort from the surgery is also greatly reduced.

What Else Can It Be Used For?

The amniotic membrane has various other applications for the treatment of different vision issues. For example, an optometrist may be able to use it to treat chronic dry eyes. When your eyes are dry for a long time, they can become damaged due to a lack of lubrication. The membrane can protect you from some of that and help you have fewer problems due to dryness. If you're not sure whether it's right for your particular situation, your eye doctor can help you decide.

Reach Out to Us for Help Today

At Summit Eyecare in Idaho Falls, ID, we want to help you have good eye health. If you're in Rexburg, St. Anthony, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, or the surrounding area, we are ready to assist you. We'll talk with you about your concerns, assess your vision and eye health, and come up with a plan that works for your needs. An amniotic membrane may be the right choice to help make sure your eyes stay healthy for as long as possible, so you can get back to living your life. Call us today at (208) 522-5594 for more information or to schedule an appointmet with our optometrist.