The Florida Lions Eye Bank Foundation

Serum Tears Financial Assistance

WHAT ARE SERUM TEARS?

Serum Tears (or autologous serum eye drops) are an ophthalmic biological therapy made to order for each patient. Serum Tears are made by combining the patient’s own blood serum with sterile, preservative-free saline. Human serum contains growth factors and proteins that, when filtered and diluted, may be used to help heal epithelial defects and relieve symptoms of severe dry eye. Serum Tears are typically prescribed by a physician for patients experiencing symptoms that have not responded to other treatments.

In 2017, Florida Lions Eye Bank began the service of producing Serum Tears for patients throughout the state of Florida. To date, we have processed drops for nearly five thousand patients, with more added every day.


SERUM TEARS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Unfortunately, most insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid, do not typically cover Serum Tears. As such, patients are responsible for the cost of this therapy. Because of this, Florida Lions Eye Bank charges a minimal fee for the drops, which is below the cost to produce them. Yet there are still patients in our community who need these drops but are unable to afford them.

Recognizing this need, in 2018 the Beauty of Sight Foundation, with the support of the Florida Lions Eye Bank, launched the Serum Tears Assistance Program. This program provides free eye drops for patients in need. To receive free eye drops, patients must complete an application and provide proof of their stated income. Patients are qualified based on the United States Federal Poverty Guidelines and, if approved, receive a 3-month supply of drops completely free of charge.


WE NEED YOUR HELP

In order to sustain this critical community program, we need your help. All donations to the Beauty of Sight Foundation’s Serum Tears Assistance Program are used to help keep the cost of this therapy as low as possible. In addition, your donation allows us the subsidize the full cost of these drops for patients in need. A donation of just $1,140, in fact, will pay for a full year’s supply of drops for one patient. Please donate to this program and help us help our community!