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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Danny Rivers has so much to be #thankful for in his life. At the age of 18 during a routine eye exam, Danny was diagnosed with keratoconus, a condition that causes the cornea to become cone-shaped and leads to blurred vision. One week after being diagnosed, Danny underwent his first cornea transplant and a few years later received a second transplant; restoring sight to both eyes. As a result, he has better vision and no longer has to worry about going blind from keratoconus.

Danny’s story doesn’t end there. Almost ten years later, Danny made the courageous decision to be a #livingdonor and gave a kidney to his father-in-law of only one year who was facing polycystic kidney disease – the same disease that had killed Danny’s father when he was only a boy.

Danny says that his decision to donate his kidney was an easy one. He had been given the #giftofsight by two donors, and he felt that it was his calling to give back through organ donation.

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Over the weekend, EBAA President and CEO, Kevin Corcoran attended the 60th Anniversary celebration of Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley. During the celebration, he was able to take a quick with the America’s Got Talent semi-finalist, Christian Guardino.

Christian was born with a rare genetic eye disease called Leber congential amaurosis, which forced him to live in darkness for most of his life. Now a high school senior, Christian had his sight restored with experimental gene therapy. Christian is now able to fully pursue his dream of being a singer thanks to the #giftofsight.
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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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