Patients are typically referred for BostonSight™ PROSE treatment by their primary eye care provider, medical doctor or cornea specialist. Once a referral has been made, PROSE doctors conduct an initial medical review based on the information provided.
2. Medical Consultation
The next step to determine whether PROSE can help is an easy, no commitment two hour consultation at Boston Foundation for Sight. To schedule a consultation with a BostonSight PROSE provider other than BFS, click here.
During the consultation doctors place trial prosthetic devices on the eye(s) to assess potential improvement in vision and relief of symptoms. While some patients do experience significant symptom relief almost immediately, others get increasing benefit over time. Usually BostonSight PROSE treatment can correct refractive error.
Doctors work with each patient to determine if PROSe is the right choice for him/her.
3. Insurance and Financial Assistance
For BFS patients, the insurance and financial assistance eligibility process usually takes 2 to 6 weeks. See more information here.
4. PROSE Treatment
PROSE treatment is provided by a team that includes cornea specialist ophthalmologists, optometrists who have completed the BostonSight PROSE Clinical Fellowship and ophthalmic technicians.
Treatment takes an average of 4 to 12 day long visits to complete, with periodic follow up visits as needed during the first six months. Patients that live nearby a PROSE provider may space out their visits during the treatment process.
PROSE doctors design and fit multiple trial devices. Devices are fabricated at the BFS PROSE Manufacturing Lab using high-tech computerized lathes. Each step is followed by a trial wearing session to make sure each patient achieves the best fit possible. The final device or devices is unique to each patient’s eye, condition and specific treatment goals.
Patients participate in three or more training sessions to learn how to apply, remove and care for their devices. PROSE providers work with each patient, whatever their needs might be, for as long as necessary to ensure that they are comfortable and confident in the use and care of their new devices. Family members and caregivers are often trained to assist patients as well.
Follow-up with Primary Eye Care Doctor
Patients are instructed to follow-up with their referring eye doctor within 2 to 3 weeks of finishing treatment. Ongoing care is provided by the primary eye care doctor and coordinated with the PROSE treatment team.
5. Annual Evaluation
Patients are advised to return annually to their PROSE provider for a comprehensive exam. During this visit doctors will examine their devices, make fit adjustments as needed and address any related issues. For complete eye exams, including dilations, patients are seen by their primary ophthalmologist or optometrist.
"The staff is so caring and attentive. If the doctors and staff even THINK they might be able to help a patient, they will go out of their way, open every locked door, try and try again to replace a patient’s despair with hope and a triumphant outcome."
— BFS patient