Tissue from placenta can heal eye injuries

After childbirth, women can choose to donate their placenta for medical use. It's now being used by optometrists to help people improve their vision.

After some childbirths, women can donate their placenta for medical use.

With a placenta that meets stringent donor screening and tests, optometrists say they can fix scarring and inflammation.

Andrea Jenkins is diabetic and desperate to preserve her eye health.  So when her contacts were irritating her more than normal, she got help from Dr. Mordi at Vision Source.

"The top layer of my eye was just not there, so he actually put a membrane on top of my eye which is similar to a skin graft a little bit, and I have to work and I had to wear it for a week,” said Jenkins.

Dr. Mordi says the membrane is dehydrated tissue that wraps onto the eye and is held in place by a contact that later dissolves.

"The membrane is part of the placenta, so whenever a woman gives birth and if she decides to donate it, they harvest the tissue and then it’s the actual tissue that sits on the eye, the surface of the eye, that heals the eye," said Dr. Mordi.

Doctors say the membrane reduces scarring and inflammation, and it helps the eye heal faster and regenerate. Dry eye, abrasions, can all improve in just a week.

Any expectant mother can choose to donate their amniotic membrane as well as cord blood, there are specific restrictions as to whether your donation would qualify. Talk with your doctor to learn more.

Copyright 2016 KING


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