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Number of corneas provided for transplant in 2017

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U.S. donors of ocular tissue in 2017

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Success rate of cornea transplants

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Lifetime economic benefit of cornea transplants performed in 2017

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Eye Bank Association of America

Check out this story about Hector Ramirez from our member eye bank, KeraLink International.

Hector suffered from keratoconus for as long as he could remember and after being told that he could no longer wear glasses or contact lenses, a corneal transplant was the only option to restore his sight. Unable to afford the surgery, Keralink was able to sponsor Hector’s surgery and give him the #giftofsight.A message from our President and CEO, Douglas Furlong

Dear KeraLink,

Meet Hector Ramirez from Mexico, shown with our Southeast Medical Director, Dr. Miguel Lugo. Hector has keratoconus, and his worsening condition made a corneal transplant his only option for sight. Hector was unable to afford the surgery, but he had the good fortune to come to the attention of Dr. Lugo. Dr. Lugo asked if KeraLink would sponsor his surgery through our Operation Eye Rescue program, with Dr. Lugo donating his services for free. I’m happy to report that Hector’s surgery went great. He’s now able to work again, and his restored sight has given him newfound independence.

After his surgery Hector was asked, “What was the first thing you saw that you won’t forget?”

“My whole life,” he said.

This week we provided corneas for 87 sight-saving surgeries here and around the world, and another 143 sterile grafts for glaucoma patients. I hope they all feel just like Hector.

Best wishes,

Doug

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