New Leadership for UCSF PROSE Clinic

Karen Lee, OD, applies the same rigor to her athletic pursuits and her career. She arrived at the clinic in January, following four months of intensive training at Boston Sight, which developed and manufactures PROSE. “It’s very satisfying to help patients overcome pain and reengage with the world around them,” says Dr. Lee.

What is PROSE?

Shorthand for Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Ecosystem, PROSE devices are customized lenses that fit under the eyelids and vault over the cornea, creating new, smooth optical surfaces with a built-in reservoir of lubrication. They can improve vision, help with healing, and reduce pain and sensitivity to light.

A Path to Help

“We assist patients for whom all other approaches have failed,” notes Dr. Lee. “Many medical conditions can result in corneal complications, and PROSE can delay or eliminate the need for surgery.”

The unique devices require precise measurement, manufacture, and patient training. Often, they are not covered by insurance. More than half the UCSF patients referred for PROSE lack the substantial resources required, so the clinic works to smooth their financial path. Help comes from private donations as well as support from UCSF and Boston Foundation for Sight. Leslie and Sean Doherty and their extended family established a fund for this purpose.

How PROSE Lifts Lives

When Theodore Fitzsimmons was diagnosed with leukemia, his treatment included a bone marrow transplant, which triggered a severe auto-immune reaction. Theodore’s eyes began to burn and became painfully light sensitive; artificial tears and medications were no help. In 2012, UCSF PROSE treatment changed Theodore’s life. Once he learned to use his devices, Theodore could go outside without worrying about the sharp pains that a simple gust of wind or ordinary daylight used to cause. After three years of daily wear, Theodore’s PROSE devices became uncomfortable. Thanks to generous donations to That Man May See, Theodore was able to resume PROSE treatment with new devices. They are again helping him regain control over his life.

The PROSE clinic, now located at 8 Koret Way, was established with a generous gift from Sharon and Larry Malcolmson. Special thanks to the Sean and Leslie Doherty Family and the Jack and Betty Demetree Family Foundation for support of PROSE patient care. To learn more about supporting UCSF Ophthalmology, contact That Man May See, 415.476.4016 or chttp://thatmanmaysee.org.