September 2019 Issue of Insight

Get Active for Eye Banking


Every time I turn around, I see news stories and announcements that I must pursue an active lifestyle in order to be healthy and happy.  Even my phone nags me to walk more steps or earn more “heart points” – I think that just Google’s way of getting me out of the house so I can buy the stuff they sell ads for.

Here at EBAA, we’re not above jumping on the bandwagon to encourage our members to be more active.  And we have two events coming up to help you do just that.

Run for Vision: Since 1986, EBAA has hosted our Run for Vision 5K in conjunction with AAO’s Annual Meeting.  This year’s race, which is again sponsored by Bausch + Lomb, will be held in beautiful Golden Gate Park on Sunday, October 13.

Medals are given to the top finishers in each age bracket, but we’re really not watching your time, just encouraging you to get out and explore a part of San Francisco that you won’t see from the Moscone Center.  Register today. Won’t be in San Francisco? You’re still welcome to register and “run from home” – we’ll send you the commemorative t-shirt!

Eye Donation Month: While you probably won’t break a sweat celebrating Eye Donation Month, your eye bank’s health will benefit if you take an active role in using the tools and resources that we’ve developed for our members.  We’ve updated all our materials for distribution to your recovery partners and within your community, and are putting the finishing touches on a new video featuring a donor  mother’s story about her son.

We’re hosting a free webinar on October 2, featuring Denise Gavilan and Dave Harrison from our PR consulting firm, to walk through the tools and to give advice and tips on how to use them to increase your visibility in the community and to generate media coverage for your eye bank.  Register for the webinar here.

We also encourage you to join our ongoing social media campaign, “Eye Donation Month is Everywhere” during November. Take photos of your Eye Donation Month pins wherever you may have them – in front of a landmark, on the strap of your backpack or gym bag, etc., and post it on social media (be sure to tag us!) We’re looking forward to sharing your images. More details will be available during the webinar.

Experts say that even a little exercise is better than being sedentary, so come to Golden Gate Park and just walk the route – I promise to hold the last bus for you.  Or just dip your toe into using the Eye Donation Month tools at your disposal by updating your website or Facebook page with some of the images we’ve created.  You might find that stretching some unused muscles becomes a healthy habit.

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Legislative and Regulatory Updates


The Focal Point: Advocacy and Legislative Update
EBAA reported on recent legislative and regulatory developments in the September 10th, issue of Focal Point, the association’s bi-weekly advocacy and legislative update.

For past issues, please visit the archive in the “Members Only” section of the website.
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Educational Programs and Events


One month until the ebaa Events in san francisco!

In just one month, EBAA will roll into city by the bay for the Fall Leadership Meetings, the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum, and the Run for Vision. The leadership meetings on Thursday, October 10, will include discussions on topics of importance to EBAA members, the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum will showcase the latest research in cornea and eye banking, and the Run for Vision will give eye bankers and corneal surgeons the opportunity for an early morning run or stroll through Golden Gate Park. We hope you will join us in San Francisco this October!

Cornea and Eye Banking Forum- Schedule Announced!

The schedule for the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum has been posted! The event, hosted by EBAA and the Cornea Society, will take place on Friday, October 11 at the Palace Hotel and will feature the presentation of 25 scientific papers, two award lectures, 4 award presentations and two mini-symposia comprised of invited presentation.

This year, the mini-symposia will look at the “Future of Eye Banking and Corneal Transplantation” focusing on the Management of Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency, Corneal Stromal Opacification and Corneal Endothelial Dysfunction. With the initiation of clinical trials in several countries to determine the feasibility of these novel therapeutic approaches for limbal stem cell deficiency and corneal endothelial dysfunction, it is the right time to learn about these cutting edge, cell-based therapeutic approaches. The line-up for the invited presentations is shown below.

Come see why this meeting is a favorite among corneal surgeons and eye bank professionals. Online registration ends September 25. Register today!

Fall Leadership Meeting
October 10
San Francisco, CA

The Accreditation Board, Medical Advisory Board, and Board of Directors will all convene to discuss and address the latest topics and issues that are brought before them. Registration is complimentary.

Accreditation Board
Guidelines for Submitting AB Agenda Items:

  • All items must be submitted in writing to the Accreditation Board Co-Chairs (Chris Stoeger and Christopher Ketcherside, MD), no later than Friday, September 20, 2019.
  • Items submitted after the cut-off date will be deferred until the next meeting unless an exception is granted by the Co-chairs.

MAB Meeting: Live Audio Broadcast
October 10
1 PM Pacific
If you are unable to attend the MAB meeting in person, register for the live audio broadcast. CEBTs may earn up to 2 CEUs for attending the entire session. New this year, EBAA is offering the opportunity for single viewer registration, as well as group registration.

34th Annual Run for Vision
October 13
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Grab your running shoes and join us in Golden Gate Park for this 5k run/walk, sponsored by Bausch + Lomb!

CEBTs Expiring in 2019: Maintain Your Certification Status!
Certified Eye Bank Technicians whose certification is set to expire this year must fulfill all requirements for recertification and submit a complete application by December 31, 2019.

To view CEUs online, log into the Members’ Portal, and select “My Professional Development” from the side menu. To maintain status as a CEBT, each individual must earn 16 CEUs during the three-year certification period, including attendance at two of the following: Medical Advisory Board Meeting, Technician Skills Workshop, Scientific Session (the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum or the Scientific Symposium), and the Medical Directors Symposium.

If you have met the requirements to recertify, simply fill out the application and submit it with payment. If you still need CEUs, there are still a number of ways to earn them! The Cornea and Eye Banking Forum, Medical Advisory Board Meeting (in person or audio broadcast), and on-demand sessions available on eyeLEARN are all great opportunities to earn CEUs!


Slit Lamp Microscopy Seminar: Limited Space Available!

Seats are filling up for the Slit Lamp Microscopy Seminar!

This unique seminar is designed to fit the needs of beginning eye bank technicians and includes lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience evaluating tissue. Registration closes on October 14, but space is limited and there are only six seats left!

Register today to reserve your place at this interactive and educational event!


Upcoming Webinars:

Eye Donation Month: Using EBAA Materials to Promote Your Eye Bank and the Gift of Sight (FREE)
October 2 at 1 PM Eastern
November is Eye Donation Month, and EBAA has prepared a marketing toolkit filled with promotional materials for your organization. Find out how to best use the collateral that has been developed, and the theme “The Power of You”  to share your mission and promote cornea donation within your community. Speakers will present the tools and discuss best practices for spreading the word about your eye bank’s work to the media to gain publicity and support for your mission. They will also introduce a fun month-long social media campaign to keep the Eye Donation Month buzz going throughout all of November. Attendees will also hear an eye bank professional share their past Eye Donation Month successes which increased awareness about their eye bank and cornea donation, ultimately strengthening important relationships and developing new ones. The session will close with the premiere of this year’s Eye Donation Month video.

Developing Ambassadors to Promote Your Organization’s Mission
November 6 at 1 PM Eastern
Sharing the transformative effect of donation and transplantation is an essential objective of any eye bank or organ procurement organization (OPO). While organizational staff can play a large role in sharing these stories, oftentimes, the message is most powerful when delivered directly from the people who have been most impacted. The speakers will provide specific examples of programs such as developing a speaker’s bureau, creating specific campaigns and telling stories digitally, working with physicians to reach recipients, training individuals to go out into the community to speak on the organization’s behalf, and much more! Join us for this session to learn how you can develop ambassadors for your eye bank!

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2020 EBAA Annual Meeting: Call for Presentation Proposals

EBAA is collecting proposals for educational sessions to be presented during the 2020 Annual Meeting, June 17-20, 2020, at the Fairmont Dallas in Dallas, Texas. We are accepting presentation ideas for a variety of presentation opportunities including Keynote sessions, concurrent sessions, workshop presentations, brief tutorials, etc. If you have a suggestion for a topic and/or speaker that would be of interest to eye bank professionals and/or eye bank Medical Directors, we encourage you to submit a proposal.

If your topic is selected, you will receive $50 off of your meeting registration and will be entered into a drawing for a free night stay at the Fairmont Dallas or a free meeting registration. The deadline to submit a topic is Monday, November 19. Contribute to the meeting of the year for eye bank professionals and eye bank Medical Directors; submit a proposal today!


2020 Physician Leadership Program: Nominations Open Today!

The nomination period for the
2020 Physician Leadership Program (PLP) is now open! The 2020 PLP will take place March 7-8 at the Hotel Valencia in San Antonio, Texas. Eye banks are invited to sponsor a physician to attend this event.

Established in 2011, the PLP offers eye banks a unique opportunity to introduce physicians to eye banking early in their careers and to strengthen their relationship
 with your eye bank and with EBAA. Many previous program participants have subsequently served on the EBAA Board of Directors and various EBAA committees, become eye bank Medical Directors or Associate Medical Directors, received funding for research from EBAA, presented during EBAA events and educational sessions and much more.  We expect the same for the Class of 2020.

Visit the Physician Leadership Program for more information, and send the link to any surgeons you wish to nominate. EBAA will cover all expenses for participants’ food, lodging and materials; sponsoring eye banks are asked to cover transportation to and from San Antonio.  Executive Directors must provide a letter of support for their nominees, to be uploaded with the completed application. The nomination period will close on October 18, so nominate a physician today!

R.Townley Paton Society: Complimentary Membership Renewals Due by September 30!

EBAA is pleased to once again offer each member eye bank one complimentary R. Townley Paton Society Membership for the organization’s Medical Director. The Paton Society Membership term is January 1 through December 31 of each year and provides corneal surgeons a wide variety of benefits. Each Executive Director (ED) was contacted last week to confirm the Medical Director who should receive the complimentary membership for the 2020 membership year. If you are the eye bank ED or CEO, please confirm your Medical Director’s complimentary membership by September 30. If you have any questions, please contact Genevieve Casaceli.


EBAA Products Available for Purchase

Did you know that EBAA has member packing tape and corneal blindness glasses available for purchase?

The member packing tape allows eye banks to ship tissue with tape that clearly identifies the tissue as being provided by a member of the Eye Bank Association of America. Corneal blindness glasses are a great teaching tool for eye banks that do any type of community awareness and education.

Take advantage of the EBAA resources available to you; purchase tape or glasses today!


Association Listserv Chatter: What You’ve Missed!
Here are some of the topics that you may have missed on the listservs this past month:

Technician Listserv:

  • DMEK criteria-data collect
  • Refrigerator suggestions
  • Storage solution options
  • Specular microscope models
  • Whether using CellChekD+ allowed for a change in overall cell count
  • Pre-surgical microbiologic cultures
  • Cornea rim cultures/ventilated patients/povidone prep

Quality Assurance Listserv:

  • Unannounced recovery audits
  • QMS software

If you are interested in joining the technician, quality assurance, donor development, finance, or executive director listserv, please email Genevieve Casaceli. All EBAA and Paton Society Members are able to join the listservs. Please note the Executive Director listserv is invite only and specifically for Executive Directors.


Eye Bank News

  • Mid-South Eye Bank has relocated from Memphis to Bartlett, TN
  • Eversight Michigan has relocated
  • Restore Sight International has relocated
  • UNYTS is now ConnectLife

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Upcoming Events

2019 EBAA Fall Leadership Meeting 
Thursday, October 10
San Francisco, CA

2019 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum 
Friday, October 11
San Francisco, CA

Run for Vision 5k
Sunday, October 13
San Francisco, CA

2019 Slit Lamp Microscopy Seminar 
October 24 – 25
St. Paul, MN

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Save the Date 

DLA Annual Meeting
October 21 – 24
Memphis, TN

Eye Donation Month
November 2019

2020 Technician Education Seminar
February 20 – 22
Philadelphia, PA

2020 EBAA Annual Meeting
June 17 – 20
Dallas, TX