Benefits Of Serum Eye Drops
AFFORDABLE AND CONVENIENT
While serum tears are not covered by most insurance plans, innovations in the process of creating serum tears, or autologous serum eye drops (ASEDs), have brought the price down considerably. ARCPoint Labs of Milwaukee North uses a sterile process that reduces the amount of equipment needed and the number of steps required. That savings is passed along to our clients.
Prices vary, but our serum tears are routinely less expensive than those produced at a compounding pharmacy. The same is true when comparing costs to chemically made prescriptions.
It’s a fast and simple process. You can have a four- to five-month supply of serum tears the very same day your blood is drawn. The drops are typically ready two hours after your initial visit.
You can have confidence in serum tears you get from any authorized, professional source your doctor recommends, but the process ARCpoint ARCPoint Labs of Milwaukee North uses goes a step further by never exposing the serum tears to air. We filter your serum tears twice for extra purity.
We use a process developed by Aseptikits, whose affordable processing kits allow clinicians to process blood serum in a closed-system, sterile environment. Clinicians transfer solutions through a sterilizing-grade filter into a sterile bag and then into the eye drop bottles.
Your serum tears are unique to you because they are derived from your blood. They do not contain preservatives or artificial substances — only substances already found in your body. Serum tears contain many of the same components found in your natural tears, such as vitamins, structural proteins, enzymes and growth factors. Unlike artificial tears, they have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits and contain properties with the ability to promote healing, as opposed to only providing relief from symptoms.
Compared to store-bought treatments, a treatment using serum tears is better for patients “because it’s part of their natural anti-inflammatory armamentarium, something that their body produces naturally to heal things like cuts in the skin or injuries elsewhere in the body,” said Dr. Michael Raciti of Eye Care Specialists. “Dry eye disease is an inflammatory disease on the surface of the eye, it’s an injury on the surface of the eye. So, delivering these healing factors from the blood to the eye is more beneficial.”
Some people who undergo LASIK surgery (laser eye surgery) or cataract surgery experience dry eye. This condition is usually temporary, but sometimes symptoms persist for months or even longer. Many eye surgeons recommend using lubricating eye drops or other therapies to help maintain eye moisture. Sometimes, treatments to increase eye lubrication are recommended prior to surgery, even if you do not normally experience dry eyes. If you are planning eye surgery, ask your doctor about serum tears as a safe, affordable and natural option.