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  • #16
    No it is something different and much more complex and quite expensive to make I understand.. I am seeing a corneal specialist on Mon and am going to find out what he knows about this procedure.

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    • #17
      PRP is autologous serum spun differently basically. Not necessarily more expensive to make as in the UK it's actually more expensive to get autologous serum than it is to fly to Spain and bring back PRP eye drops. Though that's mainly because only a limited number of GMP authorized labs are allowed to handle serum blood so it costs the NHS 1200 for 3 months worth, it's free for the patient but due to the cost the NHS often rejects requests for serum funding and now research has begun on fingerprick autologous blood in the UK as an alternative method.
      Sufferer due to Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.
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      • #18
        Interestingly, the dr who had a clinical study on the procedure (Dr. Sandra Cremers) practices in Washington, D.C., where I currently live. I'm gonna call her office on Monday to find out if she's offering it to the public. Alternatively, if I could just find a place that makes PRP near me, I wouldn't mind doing the injections on myself.

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        • #19
          PhoenixEyes, it's quite easy to make your own serum tears at home. Just buy a lab-grade centrifuge online for around $250 and buy red top vacutainers (no additive) and IV kits. Find a nurse or dr friend to draw your blood and spin them down at 4500 rpm for 15 min after letting the tubes clot in the refrigerator for an hour. Transfer the clear top liquid (serum portion of the tube) and dilute with sterile saline.

          It's quite cheap, I don't know why it costs so much at some places. My university hospital while I was in medical school did them for free. The hospital I work at now as a physician does not offer them, so I'm gonna have to start making them on my own again. I've drawn my own blood and also had my husband (also a physician) draw my blood for me several times.

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          • #20
            Hi, Hosanna13,
            Please share if you got news from Dr Sandra Cremers

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            • #21
              Hi mbperso , I spoke with Dr. Cremers and unfortunately, PRP injections have only helped pts with Sjogrens so far. She has tried on LASIK pts, but it did not help them. Makes sense, there's nothing wrong per se with the lacrimal gland for LASIK folks--just severed nerves to the gland. For Sjogren pts, the lacrimal glands are damaged so stem cells would help regenerate them theoretically. If you have autoimmune destruction of the lacrimal glands leading to dry eyes, PRP injections could help you.

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              • #22
                Hi Hosanna13,
                Thanks for sharing.
                You talk about making the serum tears or PRP injection into lacrimal gland ?

                But what about the injection of PRP into Meibomian glands ?
                Seems MGs have been regenerated as she explained on the link below:
                http://eyedoc2020.blogspot.fr/#!/201...asma-into.html


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                • #23
                  Precisely in the blog of Sandra Cremers click on the article of September 13th - "Injection of Platelet Rich Plasma"

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