Amniotic Membrane

The Dry Eye Center of the Carolina's is pleased to offer our patients PROKERA®, a new treatment for chronic Dry Eye that heals the surface of your eye (cornea)and returns your eye to a normal, healthy state. PROKERA is a simple procedure and is easily inserted and removed in our office. Once removed your cornea is rejuvenated so you can see and feel better. In a recent patient survey, 93% of patients with Dry Eye said they felt better after treatment with PROKERA.

PROKERA is similar to a contact lens and is made of amniotic tissue, which is known for its natural therapeutic actions and heals your eye faster with less pain, scarring, and inflammation.  The amniotic tissue used in PROKERA is provided by a tissue bank regulated by the FDA and has passed numerous quality control tests making it safe and effective. Clinical studies have shown PROKERA reduces the sign and symptoms of Dry Eye, and helps soothe pain, heal the eye, and improve vision.

PROKERA is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared therapeutic device that reduces inflammation and promotes healing. For more information visit



Maskin Procedure

Our doctors use this procedure to open clogged glands of the eyelids. Clogged glands cause tears to deteriorate and evaporate very quickly thus causing an already dry eye to become drier. Using a specifically formulated anesthetic gel and tiny microprobes, the doctors meticulously open these glands, restoring normal function and improving the patient's tear film.


Punctal Plugs

A punctal plug, also know as tear duct plug or lacrimal plug, is a small medical device that is inserted into the tear duct of the eye to block the duct. They are used to treat dry eye and prevents the drainage of liquid from the eye. This increases the eye's tear film and surface moisture to relieve dry eyes. Punctal plugs are usually considered when eye drops fail to relieve your dry eye condition. 

Our doctors first may use a special instrument to measure the size of your tear duct openings. This helps determine the proper size of the punctal plug needed to block the drainage. Each eyelid has one punctum, located at it's inner margin near the nose. Punctal plugs can be inserted in the puncta of the lower lids, the upper lids or both. An instrument may be used to dilate the tear duct opening for easier insertion. Other than slight intitial discomort, you should not feel the punctal plug once it is in place.