Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is being used in all fields of medicine for cellular restoration.
It has been used successfully in the following areas:
1. Skin rejuvenation
2. Hair loss restoration
3. Reconstruction of bone and tendons, for the management of
4. Tennis elbow tendinopathy repair: I have 3 patients who avoided surgery by having PRP injections
5. Corneal ulcers,
6. Chemical burns of cornea
7. post op LASIK pain
8. Dry eye: topical drops.
In many patients the lacrimal gland is not functioning properly or likely replaced by scar tissue. Patients with Sjogren’s syndrome have abnormal lacrimal gland function. I suspect people who have take Isotrentinoin acid (ie, Accutane) also have abnormal lacrimal gland function.
The study below shows the benefit of PRP injection into the lacrimal gland. While it is still experimental, it might help many patients by re-creating cellular structure in the lacrimal gland.
Though the below is a small study, it points to hope for future research in the devastating condition of dry eye disease. We hope to begin offering this procedure to help patients. The key issue is the cost as there are no guarantees of success with any of these experimental procedures and insurance does not cover them. Hopefully in the near future, we will have the ability to offer this via grant funds.
Sandra Lora Cremers, MD, FACS
Marcel Y. Avila
Restoration of Human Lacrimal Function Following Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection