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Ophthalmol Ther. 2017 Dec;6(2):285-293. doi: 10.1007/s40123-017-0100-z. Epub 2017 Aug 8.

Treatment of Dry Eye Disease with Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma: A Prospective, Interventional, Non-Randomized Study.

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1
Department of Cornea and Refractive Surgery, VISSUM, Alicante, Spain. jlalio@vissum.com.
2
Division of Ophthalmology, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Alicante, Spain. jlalio@vissum.com.
3
Research and Development Department, VISSUM, Alicante, Spain.
4
Department of Cornea and Refractive Surgery, VISSUM, Alicante, Spain.
5
Division of Ophthalmology, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Alicante, Spain.
6
Ophthalmology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Minia University, Minia, Egypt.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) eye drops as monotherapy for the treatment of moderate to severe cases of dry eye disease.

METHODS:

Three hundred and sixty-eight patients with moderate to severe dry eye disease (DED) were included in this prospective case series. Subjects were classified as evaporative DED (EDED) or aqueous deficient DED (ADDED). Improvement of the DED subjective symptoms, corneal fluorescein staining (CFS), and corrected distance visual acuity (BCVA) were evaluated. We also analysed how many rounds of PRP therapy were used.

RESULTS:

Two hundred and ninety-seven (80.7%) patients were women, and 71 (19.3%) were men. Two hundred and thirty-two (63%) patients had EDED, while 136 (37%) had ADDED. After 6 weeks of monotherapy treatment with autologous PRP, dry eye symptoms improved in 322 (87.5%) cases. A decrease of CFS was observed in 280 (76.1%) patients. One hundred and six (28.8%) patients improved at least 1 line of BCVA. The scores in the ocular Surface Disease Index and the Oxford scale of corneal fluorescein staining decreased statistically after the treatment (p < 0.05).

CONCLUSION:

The topical use of autologous platelet-rich plasma as monotherapy is an effective treatment to improve signs and symptoms in patients suffering from moderate to severe chronic DED.

KEYWORDS:

Autologous platelet-rich plasma; Autologous serum; Dry eye; PRP; Plasma rich in growth factors

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