Autologous Serum (Tears) Eye Drops (ASED)
Autologous serum tears are made from your own (autologous) blood. They are used to treat conditions where the surface of the eye is extremely dry due to damage, insufficient tear production or poor-quality tears.
Unlike artificial eyedrops, autologous serum eyedrops are very effective, well-tolerated and contain ingredients that support healthy growth and healing of the ocular surface. Some of the ingredients in ASEDs that are found in natural tears, but which are not available in artificial tears include albumin, antibodies, Vitamin A, and epidermal growth factors that are important for healthy eyes.
ASEDs are not tear substitutes and can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as artificial tears and ointments if needed.
Our dedicated compounding Pharmacists work with your doctor to help find relief if your experience dry eyes. Our goal is to help prevent long term damage to your ocular surface that results from a lack of tear production.
CompleteCare Pharmacy provides convenience for patients who need ASEDs. As a one-stop-shop, our services begin with your blood draw in the same location where your finished product is compounded. You do not have to worry about finding a lab to draw your blood and be burdened with having your blood transported to our pharmacy. Trust us to take care of the whole process for you.
Just call us at 678-288-9798 to schedule an appointment for your blood draw once you obtain your prescription from your doctor.
What do autologous serum eyedrops treat?
Example of conditions in patient who may benefit from autologous serum eyedrops include:
dry eye syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome (an autoimmune condition that causes dry eyes and dry mouth), certain types of corneal transplants or following laser vision correction procedures.
How are autologous serum eyedrops made?
Autologous serum eyedrops are made from a donation of your own blood. The serum produced from your blood is process per USP 797 guidelines. The tears are screened for bacterial and viral contamination before being dispensed.
How are they stored and how long do they last?
Autologous serum eyedrops must be stored in a freezer. In the frozen state, autologous serum eyedrops have a shelf life of 180 days from preparation date.
How are autologous serum eyedrops used?
When frozen tears are thawed the vial must be always refrigerated, up to 30 days. Discard vial after 30 days. Do not re-freeze a vial previously thawed.
What care needs to be taken with the drops?
Autologous serum eyedrops do not contain any preservatives. To avoid bacterial contamination, it is important that storage and handling directions are followed carefully.
--To learn more about Autologous serum eyedrops, contact CompleteCare Pharmacy at 678-288-9798.