autologous serum for dry eyes

There are many patients suffering from chronic dry eyes due to prior surgeries, medications and autoimmune disease. Many of these patients will not be able to obtain relief from over the counter lubricating eye drops. A well designed and fit scleral lens will provide great relief to this very “high need” patient population. This is because a scleral lens will keep the front surface of the eye in a moist environment. Occasionally however, a scleral lens will not provide the level of comfort that the dry eyed patient is seeking.

With this group of patients, autologous blood serum tears (serum tears for short) have been known to provide significant improvement in patients’ symptoms. Serum tears are made from the patient’s own blood and are composed of a complex mix of growth factors, proteins, antioxidents and lipids. Because the serum tears are made from the patient’s own blood, they will closely mimic their own natural tears. Many of our patients suffering from ocular surface disease, are wearing scleral lenses and using blood serum tears when not wearing their lenses.

The following three images use a special dye to highlight defects on the cornea. Each of these eyes might benefit from autologous serum




The Wavefront Scleral Lens

The corneal irregularities created by refractive surgeries, such as LASIK and RK, are responsible for ghosting, halos, starbursting, and loss of contrast sensitivity. These "higher order aberrations" may exist on both the anterior and posterior. With aberrometry, the defects of the entire optical system can now be corrected by a scleral lens.

The Wavefront Scleral Lens

Autologous Serum for Dry Eyes

Dry eye conditions are among the most challenging conditions faced by refractive surgery patients. With autologous serum, blood is spun down to plasma, forming an eye drop that helps rehabilitate the cornea.

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Optimum Infinite Gas Permeable Material

I am happy to announce that our Global Vision Rehabilitation Center will be designing and fitting all of our “high need” patients with the Optimum Infinite gas permeable contact lens material. The Optimum Infinite material is the most oxygen permeable material ever to be approved by the FDA. In addition, this newly FDA approved material includes a UV lens blocker. Now for the first time, with certain patients, wearing a scleral lens made with the Infinite material under extended wear conditions can be considered.

SMAP 3D Scleral Lens Design

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Last year we introduced an exciting piece of technology that has allowed us to custom design a scleral lens much more accurately. It is the SMAP 3D, which is a computer attached to a dedicated camera that allows us to obtain a 3 dimensional image of the entire front surface of the eye, including the cornea and the surrounding white portion of the eye (the sclera). Up until now there has not been any technology that would allow us to measure the ocular curvatures outside the cornea. The SMAP allows us to do this. Read More

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EyePrint Pro

EyePrintPro technology creates a scleral lens based on a mold of the cornea. The molding is accurate to 1 or 2 microns and fits perfectly because it exactly mirrors the irregularities of the individual corneal surface. The technology is well suited for post-Lasik, Keratoconus, RK, eye injury, and corneal transplant patients. Read More in this PDF about EyePrintPro Scleral Lens Technology

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