What is an eye bank?

An eye bank is a non-profit organization that obtains, medically evaluates and distributes eyes donated by caring individuals for use in corneal transplantation, research, and education. U.S. eye banks provide tissue for an average of over 70,000 corneal transplants a year.

Eye Bank Structures

  • Eye Bank Only Functions
  • Tissue and Eye Bank Functions
  • Recovery Centers
  • Processing Centers
  • Distribution Centers
  • Multicenter Eye Banks


  • Quality Assurance
  • Technical
    • Tissue Recovery
    • Processing
      • Preparing tissue for various corneal transplant procedures
  • Donor Development
    • Build and strengthen relationships with the community, hospitals, hospices, funeral homes, and other third party organizations.