Autologous Serum Eye Drops, or ASED, are essential for healing the surface of the eye. When patients are experiencing severe dry eye, conventional treatments are often inadequate in supplementing natural tear production. By using a patient’s own blood serum containing ocular surface growth factors and vitamins, this solution serves to substitute healthy tears and prevent long term eye damage.
How Eye Drops Are Made
The San Diego Eye Bank® has a staffed phlebotomist to perform blood draws on-site in a clean and controlled environment. Once the blood is collected, it is immediately refrigerated then centrifuged in our laboratory. Under a sterile hood, the serum is diluted with sterile saline, filtered, and aliquoted into vials. The drops are kept frozen until they are obtained by the patient.
San Diego Eye Bank
Established in 1960, the San Diego Eye Bank® is the largest eye bank in California dedicated to serving our eye care community and their patients. SDEB is committed to the highest quality and safety standards and is proud to foster constant innovation in the science of sight.
How Much It Costs
The all-inclusive (blood draw, centrifuge, aseptic preparation, and delivery) cost to the patient is $225 for a one-month supply, $390 for a three-month supply, or $600 for a six-month supply. Each vial contains enough drops for one week’s use. Insurance plans typically do not cover the cost of ASED.
For Patients: Discuss with your physician the risks and benefits associated with ASED. If you and your physician determine that ASED are appropriate for you, your physician will fill a prescription request with us and provide you further instructions for use. Your physician’s orders are used to produce a customized supply of ASED for use only by you.