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eye bank

 
an institution or agency whose primary purpose is to collect, prepare, and supply to ophthalmologists eye tissue for transplantation. Those institutions equipped with special laboratory facilities also conduct research and store eye tissue. The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) coordinates eye banks in the United States and establishes medical ethical standards for the various collecting and distributing agencies throughout the country. Individuals wishing to donate their eyes may make arrangements to do so prior to their death, or the legal next-of-kin may give permission for the donation at the time of death. At the present time, the demand for usable eyes is far greater than the available supply. The address of a nearby eye bank, as well as other information about this service, can be obtained by writing to Eye Bank Association of America, 1015 18th St. NW, Suite 1010, Washington, DC 20036, or by consulting their website at http://www.restoresight.org.

eye bank

A place where corneas of eyes removed after death are preserved for subsequent keratoplasty.

eye bank

n.
A place at which corneas obtained from human bodies immediately after death are stored and preserved for subsequent transplantation to patients with corneal defects.

eye bank

Etymology: AS, eage + It, banca, bench
a facility for collecting and storing corneas and other ocular tissues for transplantation to recipients.

eye bank

Transplantation A repository of corneas obtained from decedents

eye bank

(ī bangk)
A place where corneas of eyes removed after death are preserved for subsequent keratoplasty.

eye bank

A storage place for donated eyes, the corneas of which are to be used for transplantation. Eyes are kept in special solutions at normal refrigerator temperature and must be used within a day or two of donation. Long-term storage of corneas, for limited purposes such as partial-thickness grafting, is possible.
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In the beginning, the eye bank operated with affiliated hospitals across the country, but as time went by ophthalmologists came to the EBSR and received training in the transplant procedure, so they could go home and set up local eye banks.
The National Eye Bank Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed to centralize the screening, evaluation, and shipping of eye tissue for sight-restoring corneal transplant surgery.
Eye tissues recovered under the program by the Forth Worth Eye Bank will be evaluated and placed with transplant recipients by the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank in Denver, Colorado.
The procedure has advantages for the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank as well.
Several of the world's leading eye banks are using the IntraLase FS laser to prepare corneal tissue used for transplantation including the Northwest Lion's Eye Bank and Tissue Banks International.
Neuhann is the current Director of the Eye Bank in Munich and active head of the German Society of Refractive Surgery (KRC).
Pennington will oversee The National Eye Bank Center, Tissue Distribution and Information Center, and International programs, and will be based at The National Eye Bank Center in Memphis, TN.
The mission of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank is to fulfill the wish of eye donors and their families to help another overcome blindness through transplantation and medical research.
The availability of donor corneas in the US has been adequate in the past 10 years, and 39,000 corneal transplants were performed last year in the US, according to the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA).
American Tissue Services Foundation -- Arrowhead Funeral Directors' Association -- Gustilo Medical Education Center -- Mayo Medical School Department of Anatomy -- Medical Alley / MNBIO -- Minnesota Funeral Directors Association -- Minnesota Lions Eye Bank -- TRIA Orthopaedic Research Institute -- University of Minnesota Medical School Minnesota Commission of the Procurement and Use of Anatomical Donations Founding Organizations American Tissue Services Foundation (ATSF) Minnesota Funeral Directors Association http://www.
He has also been involved with the American Society of Minority Health and Transplant Professionals as former president and current treasurer; the Eye Bank Association of America as director and president of the Northeast Region; the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation; the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations; the Surgeon General's Workshop on Increasing Organ Donation; and the North American Transplant Coordinator Organization.