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“Dry eye” syndrome — treatment based on the use of autologous “artificial tears”

Karolina Janik, Jolanta Antoniewicz-Papis, Ryszard Pogłód, Magdalena Łętowska
Journal of Transfusion Medicine 2013;6(2):60-65.

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Abstract

Proper structure of the tear film guarantees an adequate degree of moisture to the eye surface, nourishment for the epithelial layer of the cornea as well as protection against infections. The “dry eye” syndrome results from abnormalities in the structure of any of the three layers of the tear film induced by either endogenous or environmental factors such as genetics, diseases, mood, work and working conditions. For those who suffer from the “dry eye” syndrome there is a beneficial option of “artificial tears” acquired from autologous serum obtained from the patient’s whole blood. Viscosity of serum as well as its composition provide a much more effective, and most importantly, prolonged moisturizing of the epithelium as compared to pharmaceutical eye drops. “Artificial tears” are safe because they are produced from the patient’s own serum and contain no preservatives.They facilitate regeneration of the epithelium, which is not the case with regular eye drops. If used regularly “artificial tears” improve comfort and vision acuity. They provide temporary relief from eye redness, pain and itching.

Abstract

Proper structure of the tear film guarantees an adequate degree of moisture to the eye surface, nourishment for the epithelial layer of the cornea as well as protection against infections. The “dry eye” syndrome results from abnormalities in the structure of any of the three layers of the tear film induced by either endogenous or environmental factors such as genetics, diseases, mood, work and working conditions. For those who suffer from the “dry eye” syndrome there is a beneficial option of “artificial tears” acquired from autologous serum obtained from the patient’s whole blood. Viscosity of serum as well as its composition provide a much more effective, and most importantly, prolonged moisturizing of the epithelium as compared to pharmaceutical eye drops. “Artificial tears” are safe because they are produced from the patient’s own serum and contain no preservatives.They facilitate regeneration of the epithelium, which is not the case with regular eye drops. If used regularly “artificial tears” improve comfort and vision acuity. They provide temporary relief from eye redness, pain and itching.

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Keywords

artificial tears, dry eye syndrome, chronic graft versus host disease, serum, tear film

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Title

“Dry eye” syndrome — treatment based on the use of autologous “artificial tears”

Journal

Journal of Transfusion Medicine

Issue

Vol 6, No 2 (2013)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

60-65

Bibliographic record

Journal of Transfusion Medicine 2013;6(2):60-65.

Keywords

artificial tears
dry eye syndrome
chronic graft versus host disease
serum
tear film

Authors

Karolina Janik
Jolanta Antoniewicz-Papis
Ryszard Pogłód
Magdalena Łętowska

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