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Number of corneas provided for transplant every day in 2014

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

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50.7%
2014 cornea donors who were listed on their state's donor registry

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95-99%
Success rate of cornea transplants

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EBAA Presents Three Prestigious Awards during Annual Meeting

During its 54th Annual Meeting, June 3-6, EBAA presented its most valued awards to the following individuals who promote cornea donation and work diligently to make sight restoration a reality for thousands of cornea recipients each year.

Jackie Malling, RN, CEBT – 2015 Leonard Heise Awardee
Rev. Arthur Lillicropp – 2015 Gift of Sight Awardee
Ernest Franchell IV and Family – 2015 Crystal Cornea Awardees

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New Members Elected to EBAA Board of Directors

On June 5, during the 54th Annual Meeting, EBAA’s House of Delegates voted the following new members into office on the Board of Directors. These newly-elected board members will begin their tenure on July 1.

At-Large Member – Tony Bavuso, Saving Sight
Large Eye Bank Representative – Michael Tramber, Miracles in Sight
Medium Eye Ban Representative – William Buras, Southern Eye Bank
Small Eye Bank Representative – Jay Lugo, Idaho Lions Eye Bank

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New Logo and Website Displayed at Annual Meeting

EBAA unveiled a new logo at its 2015 Annual Meeting. This was the centerpiece of a rebranding exercise that included a redesign of the association’s website and its internal and external publications. This effort is intended to freshen the association’s look and provide greater flexibility to its communications.

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Larger DSAEK grafts linked to reduced graft failure

The American Academy of Ophthalmologists reported that investigators analyzed the influence of graft size on outcomes in patients who had Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) for Fuchs endothelial dystrophy or pseudophakic bullous keratopathy. Among 131 patients, 8.40% experienced endothelial graft failure: 17.86% with trephine sized grafts <9 mm; 7.69% for 9 mm and 3.84% for 9.5 mm. Graft failure was significantly associated with endothelial cell density (P=0.039) and graft trephine size (P=0.04), suggesting that larger grafts make it possible to transplant a greater number of cells, potentially increasing long-term graft survival. British Journal of Ophthalmology, June 2015

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