Dr. William Boothe Comments on Use of Amniotic Membranes to Treat Dry Eyes

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Although many individuals are able to correct their dry eyes with liquid eye drop products, some patients face severe dry eye conditions. Dr. William Boothe, noted ophthalmologist, comments on a new procedure that involves using amniotic membranes to correct dry eye conditions.

The reasons for dry eyes are vast—from allergies to aging; while having dry eyes may be a painful experience for a patient, these problems are typically resolved with eye drop solutions. In severe cases, patients may even receive prescription eye drops, which help to lubricate the eye. According to a recent article from FOX, there are a few select patients who experience ongoing dry eye syndrome that can lead to continual discomfort and ongoing redness. However, the article suggests that a new procedure, known as Prokera, can allow patients to rejuvenate their eyes’ lubrication abilities by using the natural healing abilities provided by an amniotic membrane. Respected ophthalmologist, Dr. William Boothe commends the innovative use of placenta to help cure dry eye syndrome and comments on the eye health industry’s advancing technologies.

The article follows the story of Portia Bigham, a patient’s whose dry eyes were so severe that she had to wear a shield and experienced ongoing headaches around her eyes. Bigham’s eye doctor, Dr. Allan Panzer explains that although he tried to fix the situation with a variety of treatments, the Prokera treatment was the only one that seemed to provide a permanent solution. In the article, Panzer explains, “We hope once cells grow in correctly, it will last forever. When babies are born, the inner lining of the placenta is the amniotic membrane. The amniotic tissue is not stem cells, but tissue that has the ability to rapidly heal whatever it is in contact with. This is all part of something called the ‘fetal healing strategy’.”

Dr. William Boothe notes that the use of amniotic membranes has been available in the past to cure dry eye syndrome, but patients had to have the membrane sewn in. Now, as the article notes, patients can have their eye doctor place a ring in their eye, much like a contact lens. Although the new technology is relatively limited, Dr. William Boothe comments, “Much like LASIK has evolved tremendously in recent years, so has the variety of treatment options for dry eye syndrome.”
Dr. William Boothe recommends that any patient experiencing dry eyes consult their ophthalmologist about proper treatment options. He explains that while many may not require Prokera treatment, even the type of artificial tears an individual uses should first be approved by an eye health professional.


Dr. William Boothe is an ophthalmologist at Boothe Eye Care, his private practice. He provides both general and specialized care to patients who need routine examinations and treatment regarding corneal conditions. Since starting his career, Dr. William Boothe has performed over 130,000 LASIK laser procedures, putting Boothe Eye Care at the forefront of the industry. Several of the surgeries that contribute to this number were IntraLASIK procedures, for which Dr. William Boothe holds the world record. When not providing his services to patients, Dr. Boothe accepts numerous speaking positions at schools and organizations. As such, he is able to continually improve the quality of care that ophthalmic patients receive.

Dr. Boothe is a member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, International Society of Refractive Surgery, and Texas Ophthalmologic Association.

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