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Natural serum eye drops for dry eyes

Eye drops made from a person's own serum are superior to artificial tears for relieving signs and symptoms of severe dry eyes.

Natural serum eye drops for dry eyes

Eye drops made from a person's own serum are superior to artificial tears for relieving signs and symptoms of severe dry eyes. The autologous serum contains essential components for maintaining eye surface health. None of the commercially available artificial tear preparations contain growth factors, vitamin A and other natural components, which have been shown to play an important role in maintaining eye health. Dry eye disease is a condition in which the tears fail to bathe the eyes, damaging the cornea and leading to vision problems. People who wear contact lenses and those who have undergone laser procedures to correct their vision often suffer from this condition. Women going through menopause also develop dry eye syndrome. Researchers from the Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, randomly assigned 20 patients with severe dry eye disease to receive only preservative-free artificial tears or only autologous serum eye drops. Autologous serum was obtained by centrifuging 40 mL of blood from each patient. The serum was diluted to 20 per cent with saline. After 2 weeks of treatment, autologous serum eye drops improved ocular surface health and relieved eye pain proving that they are superior to artificial eye drops.
American Journal of Ophthalmology,
March 2005
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