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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$5.5B
Lifetime economic benefit of cornea transplants performed in 2013

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#ThrowbackThursday In 1966, Chicago Cubs pitcher, Ted Abernathy, gave corneal transplant recipient, Gregory Marino, a baseball signed by various Cubs players following his surgery. Gregory was 9 years old when he lost sight in his left eye after a piece of glass slashed his cornea. Gregory had his sight restored at the age of 15 when he received a cornea from Eversight Illinois.

Thanks to advances in eye banking, corneal surgery, and an increased number of registered eye, tissue, and organ donors, an individual in the U.S. no longer has to wait years or even months to receive the #giftofsight. #TBT #NationalEyeDonorMonth #NEDM2017 #restoresight #Cubs #WorldChampions
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Thank you to everyone who participated in #TriviaTuesday yesterday! The best answer is d. ALL OF THE ABOVE. Everyone answered correctly and all names were included in a drawing for a prize.

EBAA is happy to announce that Colleen Cassidy Coutryman is this week’s lucky winner! Be sure to check back next week for another round of #TriviaTuesday! #NationalEyeDonorMonth #NEDM2017 #restoresight #giftofsight #eyelovedonation
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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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