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Eye Banks

 

An eye bank is a non-profit community organization managed by a medical director, eye bank manager and eye bank technicians. It collects, evaluates and distributes the eyes donated by the loved ones. All eyes donated are evaluated using strict medical standards.

Those donated eyes found unsuitable for transplantation are used for valuable research and medical education Functions of the eye bank

1. Availability of trained staff round the clock to attend the calls.

2. Evaluate and provide quality corneas to corneal surgeons

3. Enable corneal research using eyes unsuitable for grafts to find newer techniques, improve preservation methods and train corneal surgeons.

4. Increase public awareness about eye donation and eye banking.What happens after eye donation?

  • The donor's family receives a certificate of appreciation from the eye bank.
  • The eyes are taken to the eye bank and evaluated by trained staff.
  • They are preserved in a solution of Optisol GS and refrigerated. This solution contains chemicals and drugs that are needed to keep the living cells of cornea healthy and functional.
  • Tests are carried out and the report is sent to the corneal surgeon
  • The eyes are used for a corneal transplant operation within 72 hours, but with present day availability of special storage media the eyes can be stored for a longer time before being transplanted.
  • The recipient is chosen from the eye bank's waiting list and called for corneal transplant.
  • Neither the patient knows whose cornea is used for him, nor the relatives of the donor know who has received the cornea. This information is strictly confidential.
  • Periodic follow-up of the recipient is done over time to ensure that the graft is successful.

 



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