What is PRP® Dry Eye Therapy?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been used in many different areas of tissue repair. Studies have shown that PRP can help with dry eye syndrome along with the accompanying vision changes and headaches. Administering PRP eye drops to the lacrimal gland (this is a gland near the eye that produces tears) stimulates the gland to repair. The gland can start to produce lubrication once again to the eye and lid.
There are no reports of side effects when using the patient's own PRP. We use the client's own blood that is spun to separate the red blood cells from the white blood cells. The white blood cells have platelets that stimulate neogenesis and neovascularization. This means platelets help to repair and redevelop tissue and vessels to supply blood and nutrients to the area of the eye that produces tears.
What are the outcomes when treating dry eyes with PRP?
Patients report steady improvement over the course of treatment. Dry eyes are treated with 2-4 drops of PRP in the eyes. The administration of the drops can mostly be weaned. Many report not having to use saline drops following several months of PRP therapy.