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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

Transplantation A repository of corneas obtained from decedents

eye bank

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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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Our study compared lamellae of >100 [micro]m defined as a standard conventional DSAEK procedure, which is performed in our institution and in our eye bank. Tissue processing for ultrathin DSAEK is different than for conventional DSAEK, which includes a double cut micro-keratome technique, a femtosecond laser technique and a high-pressure single cut microkeratome tech-nique (17).
He emphasised upon raising awareness regarding donating the cornea to the Eye Bank by the relatives of the diseased persons.
This allows the linking of graft ID and the donor's identity for eye bank staff (special access rights) in cases of any adverse events.
Quality control of corneal tissue processed and issued by a reference eye bank. Kerala journal of ophthalmology, vol XXIV, No.1.
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family of organizations which includes DCI Donor Services Tissue Bank, DCI Donor Services Eye Banks and organ and tissue procurement organizations in New Mexico and Tennessee.
However, there is still a need for more detailed tissue-specific guidance from professional organizations, such as the European Eye Bank Association (EEBA), to improve standards for the quality and safety of tissues for human application.
According to the Eye Bank Association of America (2009), over 40,000 corneal transplants were performed last year, yet there were not enough corneas to offer the gift of sight to those who need it.
Clinicians should be aware of potential infection risks associated with transplantation of corneal tissues and report any infections to the appropriate eye bank.
1944: The first eye bank opened at the New York Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital: Since 1905 doctors had performed successful cornea transplants, but it was always a difficult process as donor tissue was not readily available.
Nurse Shannon Strength telephoned the Montgomery office of the Alabama Eye Bank. Nurse Ivey advised Paul Cau, an employee of the Eye Bank, that the hospital had a possible cornea donor, that the potential donor was a child, and that the nurses were "in the process of obtaining the consent of the child's mother" by telephone.
The Eye Bank Association of America needs a creative self-starter to be responsible for the overall administration of the association's internal and external communication, and the development and oversight of the association information technology and public relations efforts.