Facts & Statistics

82,994
Number of corneas provided for transplant in 2016

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69,049
U.S. donors of ocular tissue in 2016

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95+%
Success rate of cornea transplants

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$5.9B
Lifetime economic benefit of cornea transplants performed in 2016

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Last week, we honored Rocky Anderson, JD, former mayor of Salt Lake City, with the Crystal Cornea Award at our 56th Annual Meeting. While he served as mayor, Rocky worked to establish the Celebration of Life Monument in Salt Lake City and to secure funding to encourage eye, organ, and tissue donation. Rocky’s received this year’s award because his public efforts in support of eye, organ, and tissue donation will stretch across decades to transform the lives of thousands of people.

Congratulations, Rocky! #EBAA56 #GiftofSight #RestoreSight
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During the EBAA Scientific Symposium at the 56th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Kenneth Downes, MD, from OHSU Casey Eye Institute received the Best Paper of Session Award for his presentation, Endothelial Cell Loss Due to Eye Bank Preparation and Injector Method in Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty Tissues. The award was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the International Journal of Eye Banking.

Here Dr. Downes is pictured with EBAA Board Chair, Donna Drury and IJEB Editor-in-Chief, Ellen Heck. Congratulations, Dr. Downes on receiving this award! #EBAA56
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Apple and Donate Life America Bring National Organ Donor Registration to iPhone

Apple® and Donate Life America announced July 5 that, for the first time ever, iPhone® users will be able to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor right from the Health app with the release of iOS 10 scheduled for this Fall. For more info, please click the link below

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EBAA Awards 2016 Heise Award to Bernie Iliakis

During the 55th Annual Meeting, Bernie Iliakis, MHA, CEBT, received the 2016 Leonard Heise Award for outstanding devotion and service to EBAA’s mission and development. To learn more, click the link below.

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EBAA Releases First 2016 issue of the International Journal of Eye Banking

The International Journal of Eye Banking’s Volume 4, Issue 1, is now available. The Journal is EBAA’s peer-reviewed publication dedicated to eye banking and corneal transplantation, providing free access to both readers and authors. To view the issue, please click the link below.

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Eye Banker to Participate in Dance Competition Sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation

Julie Nygaard, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, will compete in the “Spotlight on Life Dance Competition and Fundraiser on January 23, 2016. Funds raised benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin. For more details or to sponsor, click the link below.

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