Vital Tears are serum eye drops made from a patient’s own blood. Instead of using artificial tears, we incorporate patients’ blood with the goal of better mimicking natural tears.
Ophthalmologists and optometrists have offered serum tears to their patients for over 30 years.
Autologous serum eye drops (ASEDs), autologous serum tears (ASTs), or just serum tears are customized drops made from a patient’s own blood to treat those suffering from ocular surface conditions.
Vital Tears are preservative free. We develop our serum tears to prevent cell damage and inflammation.
Vital Tears are custom made to provide optimal doses as advised by a patient’s physician.
Vital Tears are processed in a medical laboratory with validated safety procedures.
Vital Tears are microfiltered to remove pathogens and enhance patient safety.
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We make getting serum tears simple. Here are three easy steps to get your Vital Tears:
Our priority is getting patients serum tears as soon as 48 hours from your blood draw. Our exceptional and friendly customer service makes getting your serum tears delivered to you simple.
While some insurance companies reimburse for Vital Tears when patients submit a claim, generally Vital Tears is a self-pay service. Our client services team can help you with submitting your claim to your insurance company. Give us a call at 800-360-9592 for more information.
The cost of Vital Tears is based on the treatment plan that your physician has ordered. Our client services team can help you determine how much your Vital Tears will cost and discuss our convenient payment plans with you. Please call us at 800-360-9592.
Depending on your physician’s order, between three and 14 vials of blood will be drawn and processed for Vital Tears. This may sound like a lot, but it is less than a few ounces. Since you are not giving much blood, you should feel fine afterwards.
Yes, please try to drink plenty of water beginning 24 hours before your blood draw. Good hydration is helpful. You should also avoid beverages high in caffeine, alcohol, and foods high in fat content in order to ensure the best results.
A bottle of Vital Tears should be kept cold, in the refrigerator. You must discontinue use and discard that bottle after seven days. Store all remaining bottles, in your Vital Tears box, upright in the freezer. The bottles stored in the freezer can remain there for six months.
Because Vital Tears are made from biological material and are preservative free, they could support bacterial growth. It is recommended that you carry drops in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs if you are going to be out for more than an hour or are planning on being in hot temperatures.
*Discuss with your physician the benefits and risks associated with the use of autologous serum eye drops. If you and your physician conclude that the use of autologous serum eye drops are appropriate for you, your physician will provide you further instructions for using Vital Tears. Your physician’s directions for use will be provided with your customized order.