What are Autologous Serum Eye Drops?
Serum eye drops are used to manage moderate-severe dry eye cases with epithelial cornea damage. Patients requiring serum eye drops typically have tried serval other advanced dry eye treatment therapies without success.
How do they work?
Autologous serum eye drops are eye drops manufactured from the patient’s own blood serum and plasma. The mechanism of action of autologous serum drops is to mimic the biochemical properties of natural basal to promote healing and reduce inflammation on the front surface of the cornea.
What is the process and cost?
Brilliant Eye Vision Center has partnered with Dunwoody Pharmacy to provide Autologous Serum eye drops for patients in our dry eye clinic.
Dunwoody Pharmacy is the only one-stop-shop for patient specific autologous serum tears for patients with dry eye the greater metro-Atlanta area. Our partners will cover everything needed for the development and formulation of serum tears. Our dry eye specialist will write the prescription then the pharmacy will schedule you for convenient blood draw right at their pharmacy. After a quick blood draw into sterile tubes, they will centrifuge and separate your blood for preparation into autologous serum tears.
They have a state-of-the are facility that is PCAB/USP795-797 accredited, and a sterile laboratory. Each patient’s serum is handled with great care as it is formulated into small vials of 20%, 33%, 50% or more, serum to volume. Frozen for storage, the final vials can then be picked up or shipped directly to your home in 48 hours. Once dispensed they will follow-up with you to ensure proper usage and to schedule their next appointment.
Serum tears are a long-term treatment option, and it may take several weeks for you to experience relief from the symptoms of dry eye. Once serum tears have been made, the supply should last 4-6 months.
Autologous Serum drops are not covered by insurance. Patients should expect to pay a $25 nurses fee for blood drawing at the facility and an estimated $225 for 4-6 vials, pricing can go up depending on how your doctor prescribes the serum.