Why NovoTears

NovoTears™ contain vital nutrients and proteins that maintain healthy eye tissue.¹ When the eye doesn’t produce enough of its own tears, eye drops become necessary. But pharmaceutical eye drops lack the biochemical properties of real tears and can lead to persistent eye dryness.

Thankfully, Hunt Valley PharmaLab offers patients NovoTears (generically referred to as Autologous Serum Eye Drops). Because NovoTears are developed from your own blood serum, they are non-allergenic and nourish eye tissue like natural tears.¹ Multiple studies have proven serum eye drops are far superior to conventional treatments when treating severe ocular surface defects.

You choose the NovoTears course that works best for you:

  • NovoTears 90 offers a three-month supply of custom eye drops.This gives you and your physician the opportunity to see the benefit of NovoTears prior to committing to a six-month supply.
  • NovoTears 180 offers a six-month supply of custom eye drops


¹ Geerling G, et al. The effect of autologous serum eye drops in the treatment of severe dry eye disease: A prospective randomized case-control study. Am J Ophthalmol 2005; 139(2): 242-246.

Why Hunt Valley

Hunt Valley PharmaLab is a leading producer of customized compounded medications on an individual prescription basis.
We prepare personalized sterile and non-sterile compounds by prescription only. Serving patients and physicians since 1981, Hunt Valley Pharmacy/PharmaLab is privately owned and dedicated to serving our patients, physicians, and customers.

Introducing NovoTears Plus

The same physicians who helped us design NovoTears brought our attention that many dry eye patients are also prescribed a myriad of other medications to manage their condition.

As a result, we invented NovoTears Plus.

This new formulation includes one or more active ingredient, such as an: immunosuppressant, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent (NSAID), a steroid, and/or an antibiotic. This allows your physician to further customize your medication plan.

Current NovoTears Plus Formulations: NovoTears Plus Cyclosporine

What are Serum Tears?

Human tears are a complex, multi-layered film that protects and lubricates your eye.  Tears contain beneficial components such as growth factors and vitamins to support tissue health, structure, and growth.

Patients often do not produce enough of these components, which can result in problems that may lead to a loss of sight.

One common treatment is artificial tears, which provide lubrication to the surface of the eye but lack the natural nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy tear film.

Serum Eye Drops (SEDs) are often prescribed as an alternative to artificial tears as a source of lubrication and proper nutrients for healthy tears. Clinical studies have shown SEDs to be an effective treatment for dry eye and other conditions.

SEDs are produced from a patient’s blood serum or a matched donor (oftentimes a family member). We use your serum to produce a natural tear substitute that is completely unique to you.

How it Works

1. Your doctor will write a prescription

if NovoTears is right for you


3. We will help you find a lab close to

home to have your blood drawn.


2. Once we receive your prescription

one of our pharmacists will call you

to discuss pricing and next steps.


4. The lab will send us your blood kit

and we will call you when your NovoTears

are ready. You can pick them up, or

we can mail them right to your home.

Frequently Asked Questions