Dry Eye Center

Dry eye syndrome, also known as keratitis sicca, is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears, or have a poor quality of tears.

Risk factors for dry eye are, low humidity conditions, medications, eyelid problems, rosacea, and contact lens use. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults. Common symptoms include irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning eyes, a feeling of something in their eyes, excess watering, and blurred vision. Vision can be subsequently blurred when flare-ups occur. Advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision.

Drs. Shivitz, Groos, Chang and Ewald will examine the tear film on the eye. Special eyedrop dyes are employed to help the doctor to detect dry spots, measure tear quality and volume then make a diagnosis. Treatment of dry eye may include certain over-the-counter eyedrops, eyelid hygiene methods, prescription eyedrops including mild steroids, dissolving tear implants, and punctal plugs. If you believe you are suffering from dry eye syndrome, make an appointment with Cornea Consultants of Nashville today.

PROKERA® DECE Certification Practice Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    Contact: Mary Glynn Potts

Cornea & Cataract Consultants of Nashville




Cornea & Cataract Consultants of Nashville has been certified to prescribe and administer advanced treatments for Dry Eye Disease by Bio-Tissue, the industry leader in regenerative tissue therapies and ocular hygiene products for lid margin and ocular surface diseases.

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI) over twenty-five million Americans 50 years of age and older are estimated to have Dry Eye. As a Dry Eye Center of Excellence, Cornea Consultants now offers patients PROKERA®, a biologic corneal bandage/medical device used by eye doctors around the world to treat Dry Eye Disease and other ocular surface conditions. Dry Eye Disease is a chronic and progressive condition that if left untreated can become more severe.

“We are pleased to become a Dry Eye Center of Excellence and to now offer our patients such an advanced treatment for Dry Eye Disease,” said Dr. Ira Shivitz“ Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease such as itchy and red eyes, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light can be very uncomfortable and affect your quality of life. Often by the time I see patients they have tried traditional methods such as eye drops with no relief. PROKERA goes beyond managing symptoms to heal the surface of your eye and return it to a normal, healthy state.”

Cornea Consultants Dry Eye Center of Excellence

In a recent patient survey, 93% of patients with Dry Eye said they felt better after treatment with PROKERA. Similar to a contact lens, PROKERA is made of amniotic tissue, which has natural therapeutic actions that help heal the eye faster with less pain, scarring, and inflammation. PROKERA is the only FDA-cleared therapeutic device that both reduces inflammation and promotes healing, and is easily inserted in the doctor’s office. Clinical studies have shown PROKERA reduces the sign and symptoms of Dry Eye, and helps soothe pain, heal the eye, and improve vision.

Bio-Tissue, a subsidiary of TissueTech, is a privately held ophthalmic biologic therapeutics company that develops innovative, biologic wound healing solutions for the prevention and treatment of ocular surface diseases and disorder, such as keratitis, pterygium, recurrent corneal erosion, Dry Eye Disease, and chemical burns. Based on its unique platform technology and patented CryoTek™ cryopreservation method, Bio-Tissue’s products use amniotic membrane to promote anti-inflammation and pro-healing of the eye surface. Bio-Tissue is a leader in the ophthalmic industry with 15 years of clinical history, 25 years of government-funded scientific research, 300 peer-reviewed publications, and over 200 thousand successful human transplantations. For more information please visit www.biotissue.com. Cornea & Cataract Consultants of Nashville is a four doctor practice located in Nashville, TN, and Franklin TN. Our physicians possess extensive knowledge and experience in their field, giving you the assurance of the best service available.

Patients: For more information, please contact us at Cornea Consultants of Nashville at 615-320-7200 or visit www.corneaconsultants.net