PROSE Treatment

Sjögren's Syndrome

"I CANNOT ever go without my PROSE devices. They are a miracle for comfort. I would be in a dark room with a hot compress over my eyes and in pain if I didn't have them."
— Sjögren's patient

85% of patients with Sjögren’s syndrome reported significant success with BostonSight® PROSE treatment.

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About Sjögren's Syndrome

Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease in which people’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. Today, as many as four million Americans are living with this disease. Although the hallmark symptoms are dry eyes, light sensitivity (photophobia) and dry mouth, Sjögren’s may also cause dysfunction of other organs such as the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and the central nervous system. Patients may also experience extreme fatigue and joint pain and have a higher risk of developing lymphoma.

Source: - website for the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation

What is BostonSight PROSE?

Hundreds of patients with Sjögren's syndrome -just like you- have had their vision restored and quality of life transformed with our innovative treatment: PROSE. BostonSight PROSE (prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem) treatment uses FDA-approved custom made prosthetic devices to replace or support impaired ocular surface system functions that protect and enable vision.

Device schematic - white

The prosthetic devices created during PROSE are transparent domes, about the size of a nickel. They look similar to an oversized hard contact lens and resemble a margarita glass without the stem in shape. PROSE devices fit under the eyelids, vaulting the damaged cornea and resting on the sclera (the relatively insensitive white tissue of the eye). Worn during waking hours, patients are trained in daily application, removal and cleaning as part of the treatment process.

PROSE devices are made out of a highly gas-permeable hard plastic that allows oxygen to reach the cornea. They are designed to create a space between the prosthetic device and the eye that is filled with sterile saline. The liquid remains in the reservoir, providing constant lubrication by bathing the eye in a pool of artificial tears.

Benefits of BostonSight PROSE

  • Reduces symptoms of pain and light sensitivity and supports healing by restoring a healthy ocular surface environment
  • Improves blurry vision by masking irregularities on the cornea’s surface and transmitting a sharp image to the back of the eye
  • Prevents further damage by protecting and shielding the cornea against the environment and eyelids

Note: The prosthetic devices used in PROSE were formerly known as Boston Ocular Surface Prosthesis (BOS-P), Boston Scleral Lens devices and Boston Scleral Lens Prosthetic Devices. 

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PROSE patient and accident victim Juliana with Dr. Carrasquillo

Sjögren's Symptoms and Treatment Success

A 2010 BostonSight survey of 80 people with Sjögrens syndrome found that:

  • 97% had moderate or severe eye pain
  • 86% had light sensitivity
  • 84% had difficulty driving at night
  • 71% had difficulty reading regular print newspapers, magazines or websites

When asked about their success with various treatments:

  • 3% topical antibiotics
  • 3% with topical immunosuppression (Restasis/Cyclosporine)
  • 5% with artificial tears, lubricant gels or ointments
  • 6% with topical steroids
  • 11% with punctal plugs

85% had significant success with BostonSight® PROSE treatment*

* Survey questions refer to success with Boston Ocular Surface Prosthesis (BOS-P) and Boston Scleral Lenses used exculsively in BostonSight PROSE treatment.

Read more patient survey results in our Report Back to the Community.

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