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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One hundred and twelve years ago today, the first successful #corneatransplant was performed by Dr. Eduard Zirm in 1905. Since then, EBAA and its member eye banks have helped #restoresight to over 1,800,000 people and continues to make large contributions to corneal transplantation successes, technique developments, and research.

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Congratulations to Scott Van Oss for receiving the 2018 Jachin Misko Memorial Scholarship in Technical Advancement of Eye Banking.

Scott is a Certified Eye Bank Technician and Certified Ophthalmic Technician and serves as a Donor Eligibility Specialist at the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. The scholarship, sponsored by Saving Sight - We Change Lives By Saving Sight and other contributors, will allow for Scott to attend the 2018 Technician Education Seminar (TES) in Tampa, Florida.
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Cornea Transplants in the United States Increase 1.85% in First Half of 2017

The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) reports that cornea transplants in the United States increased by 1.85% during the first six months of 2017 over the corresponding period in 2016. Observers had anticipated a possible reduction in the number of transplants due to alternative therapies for corneal diseases.

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Columbus Lions Volunteer to Give Gift of Sight

Two months out of the Year, October and May, Columbus Lions Club (Wisconsin) volunteers like Bill Kirchbery give the gift of sight by helping to transport donor eye tissue via the “Cornea Express,” a statewide relay of Lions Club members who transport donor eye tissue throughout the state of Wisconsin, to Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin.

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Latest Issue of International Eye Banking Journal Available

The International Journal of Eye Banking’s Volume 5, Issue 2, 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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