This is not a comprehensive list of treatments so please see the ‘Clinics’ page for a list of practitioners and the treatments they provide. Any of these should be able to provide advice on the treatments below and which may be suitable for your situation.
- Some of the treatments described require Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS) approval to be accessed in Australia. Where this is the case your ophthalmologist or optometrist will have to arrange this for you.
- There are
compounding pharmacies who can prepare eye drops and other medications if
they are not otherwise available. You will need to ask your doctor or call one
of these compounding pharmacies to see what can be done. Not all compounding
pharmacies can make up eye drops. If you are having trouble locating one, please email [email protected].
- Preservative free drops. Whenever using a drop for dry eye, it is always preferable to use a preservative free drop if possible. In particular drops with the preservative Benzalkonium Chloride (BAK) should be avoided if they are to be used on a regular basis.
- If you
need further or more specific advice concerning treatments, please email [email protected]. Any
information here is simply a result of our personal experience or research. We
are not medical experts and advise you to seek further expert opinion about
This in-office procedure is designed for the treatment of blepharitis. BlephEx™ reduces scurf and bacterial debris, the main causes of inflammatory lid disease, and improves the overall health of the eyelid.
Blood derived drops
- Autologous Serum Drops. Eye drops produced from your own blood plasma. The Red Cross in each State provides these free of charge but an Autologous Serum Request Form from an optometrist or ophthalmologist is required.
- Next+Bio a South African company produces Optiserum a drop made from umbilical cord blood serum in saline. This was briefly available in Australia in 2016 and maybe again soon. (Currently, as at February 2017, there is a regulatory issue that is stopping the product from export from South Africa). As Optiserum is a blood derived product TGA SAS approval is also required to import it into Australia.
- Regenerative Network International a US company produce Regener-Eyes a drop made from biomaterials emanating from human placentae. TGA SAS approval would almost certainly be needed to import these into Australia.