Autologous Eye Drop Preparations
Review of Autologous Ophthalmology
Dr. Darren Gregory , M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology at the
University of Colorado.
‘Eye drops derived from a patient’s own blood have gained therapeutic standing over the intervening decades, helping many dry-eye patients live better lives.
Autologous serum eye drops (ASED) are many things: effective, well tolerated and full of substances that artificial tears can’t replicate.’
“Dry eye is a huge category,” adds Dr. Rapuano, (chief of eye cornea at Willis Eye Hospital, [n Philadelphia) “including patients with severe ocular surface disease, chemical burns, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and ocular cicatricial pemphigoid.” He tells his patients that ASED contain “goodies” found in the body but unavailable in artificial tears, such as antibodies and growth factor. “It often helps them feel better, see better, and it helps the health of the ocular surface.”
Dr. Gregory’s ASED program does not require testing, either. “We haven’t run into trouble. I guess that’s part of the benefit of the rigorous system that we have in our hospital for preparing the drops,” he says. “We have a careful process. There are certainly practices that will prepare (autologous eye drops) them in their own offices for patients, but I think that’s a little riskier.”