PROSE Treatment

About Candidacy for BostonSight® PROSE

Q. I have a diagnosis of ______________ . Can your treatment help me?

A. BostonSight PROSE treatment is indicated for a wide variety of conditions associated with complex corneal disease. For a full list of indications, or to read more about common conditions such as Sjogren’s syndrome, dry eye syndrome, Stevens Johnson syndrome, chronic ocular GVHD, keratoconus, and others, visit

Q. My doctor says I’m not a candidate for PROSE treatment. Do you think I might be anyway?

A. BostonSight PROSE treatment is indicated for a variety of complex corneal disorders and conditions; see our comprehensive indications list here: The process for determining whether PROSE treatment is the best choice for you includes submitting your latest eye exam notes or a referral from your primary eye doctor or specialist, and seeing a PROSE provider for an initial consultation. Your PROSE treatment team will then work with you to identify treatment goals and determine whether PROSE treatment is the best choice for you.

Q. If I have had Intacs or problems with Intacs, can I still be a candidate for BostonSight PROSE treatment?

A. Many patients with Intacs can benefit from improved vision with PROSE treatment, particularly if their vision is not adequate post-surgery, or if they are bothered by halos, glare, or dry eye syndrome. The prosthetic devices created during PROSE treatment do not touch the cornea so erosion or inflammation around the Intacs is unlikely.

Q. Can I still wear PROSE devices if I have eye allergies?

A. Patients with allergies typically have more eye itching and mucus than other patients. Allergies often interfere with contact lens tolerance.  Allergies are not a reason to avoid PROSE treatment, as our protocol for prosthetic device care avoids agents that trigger allergy and a PROSE device functions differently than a contact lens.  Because allergy often accompanies the conditions for which PROSE treatment is indicated, it is not unusual for patients to require concurrent treatment of ocular allergies while undertaking PROSE treatment.

Q. I have ocular rosacea. Am I a candidate for PROSE?

A. Successful long-term treatment of ocular rosacea is likely to require a combination of things – topical lubricants, treatment of the eyelids, or systemic drugs such as doxycycline.  If corneal signs and symptoms remain despite other treatments, then PROSE treatment may be helpful.

Q. Are patients with dryness due to thyroid eye disease candidates for PROSE treatment?

A. In many cases, yes, it can be helpful. The best approach is to be evaluated by both a BostonSight PROSE specialist and an ophthalmologist who specializes in thyroid related eye issues to maximize treatment outcomes.