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  • #16
    I saw that too. I'd hate to have to prick my finger 8X a day though!


    • #17

      Fascinating study and looks like results are promising. Thank you Littlemermaid for bringing this to our attention!


      • #18
        My eye doctor has suggested I try this, still thinking about it.
        The YouTube video is interesting, but one doesn't always have a nurse
        or qualified person to draw blood.

        My insurance does not cover any compounding pharmacy fees, as I think
        most do not anyways. The cost would range between $200 to $300 a pop, including blood draw.

        As an alternative the pharmacy is suggesting I first try Albumin (synthetic blood drops) 4% for about $40
        dollars for a small mount.

        So I'm on the fence about this, but I think I could afford the $40 and give it a try.
        My Dry Eye Story:


        • #19
          Originally posted by Neal View Post
          I just came across this excellent site and forum, and after browsing the skimpy posts about autologous serum eye drops I thought I'd convey my own success using them.
          Shortly after receiving a stem cell/bone marrow transplant for Hodgkins lymphoma, a side effect called Graft v. Host Disease (GVHD) started clogging up my lacrimal glands and decommissioning my meibonian glands. I haven't made enough tears to moisten a Q-tip in the last three years. The loss of nutrients to my corneas left them cratered and covered in filaments which had to be removed by hand with forceps. My punctals have been plugged and cauterized. Restasis has failed three times.
          Long story short, my eyes were killing me, literally. Couldn't read or drive, and the constant suffering does mean things to a traumatized soul. Then I got the serum drops last April.
          Relief was immediate and has only gotten better. I started with 50/50 serum/saline, refilled after 12 weeks with 100 percent serum, then refilled again with 50/50 serum/Bss -- Balanced sodium solution, gentler than saline, used in eye surgery. I went back to a 50/50 mix because all I needed to maintain my healed eye surfaces was a maintenance dose.
          By replacing the nutrients lost when my tears dried up, the serum drops allowed my eye surfaces to repair themselves. Now they feel shielded, my vision through my Panoptx goggles is 20/20, and the agony of dry eye (compunded by dry San Diego) has been reduced by more than half. It only makes sense -- the first responder to any injury is blood, which gets to work right away on repairs.
          I've seen references to the serum drops being overrated. But I've done a lot of research on them, and given my experience, and the confirmation of eye surface repair due to the serum drops by both my own opthalmologist at UC San Diego and a research opthalmologist at NIH in Bethesda (part of a GVHD study), I'd be inclined to attribute most of the lack of success to misplaced expectations and/or mishandling the serum, which is easy to do.
          The serum drops work on the eye surfaces, not the tear glands. They do not increase lubrication. That's a separate issue which I hope to address by adding testosterone-but-as-DHEA to my serum drops. We've all seen the studies and ongoing trials about testosterone and tear gland stimulation.
          I asked my opthalmologist by email this morning if he'd write me a prescription of fifty percent serum, forty-five percent Bss, five percent DHEA. Leiter's compounding pharmacy in San Jose has been making DHEA drops for a while, and they've been concocting my serum drops. The eye doc already thinks I've gone renegade, so what the hell.
          I am really interested in he research you have done as I am one of the coordinators of The Orange County DryEye Support Group . Could you please e mail me at thanks so much. Judi


          • #20
            HI NEAL This is Judi Beatty with the Orange County Dry Eye Support Group. I am looking for your e mail address or phone number. We spoke at length when i was just starting with autologous serum and know you are quite the expert on it. Could you e mail me at - -- as I would love to get more information about the different concentrations as I believe the 100% concentration is causing hyperosmolarity and burnig - etc. look forwrad to hearing from you.


            • #21
              Hi, everyone - sorry to resurrect an old thread, but thought it might be better than starting a new one.

              Does anyone know of a compounding pharmacy in the San Diego area that can make autologous blood serum eye drops? I got my first batch through the Gavin Herbert institute at UC Irvine, and I've had great success with them - but I live in San Diego. I've tried three places down here Optimum, CAPS and San Diego Compounding Pharmacy, but no luck.

              Thanks in advance for any info.


              • #22
                Hello SS_in_SD, Please contact Neal Matthews on - he has been a great resource for many of us. He lives in San Diego, I believe


                • #23
                  My docs says Leiters no longer makes serum tears and no one in the Bay Area does it seems. My doc used Imprimus pharmacy... they had a mobile phlebotomist come to me, take my blood then shipped my blood to Imprimus to make the AS. Got it delivered overnight in dry ice. Drops cost $375 plus the mobile phlebotomist ... I think $500 total for 3 months worth of drops. My doc prescribed 50% serum.