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Since its inception in 1961, the Eye Bank Association of America has collected and disseminated a statistical record of the profession’s activity. This data has been used to identify and share best practices, educate and inform regulatory bodies within the profession and in government, and inspire and track new developments and trends in eye banking and corneal transplantation.

EBAA publishes its Eye Banking Statistical Report annually; the 2015 report runs to over 90 pages of data, graphs and analysis. Some highlights from the report are included below.

Donations 2015 2014 % Change
Eye Banks Reporting 71 76 (-6.6%)
Total Whole Eyes and Corneas Donated 130,987 128,675 1.8%
Total Number of Donors 66,526 65,558 5.3%
Distribution 2015 2014 % Change
Intermediate-Term Preserved Corneas 74,623 72,013 3.6%
Sclera 3,225 3,345 (-3.6%)
Long-Term Preserved Corneas 11,672 7,223 61.6%
Research 16,924 17,670 (-4.2%)
Training 10,003 9,295 7.6%

For the second year in a row, the majority of corneas were recovered from individuals listed on their states’ organ donor registry rather than through authorization by next of kin (NOK). First-person consent through donor registration facilitates the recovery process and ensures that the donor’s wishes are observed.