Statistical Report


The 2021 Eye Banking Statistical Report includes data from all 56 U.S. and 11 international member eye

banks, plus one EBAA-accredited entity for the calendar year 2021 and represents a complete picture of eye banking activity among eye banks.

U.S. eye banks reported 126,623 total tissue recoveries from 64,048 donors in 2021. 62% of corneal donors were listed on a donor registry. In 2021, total donors were up 14.5% and total corneas donated were up 16.8% compared to 2020, but neither were back to 2019 pre-COVID levels.

This year’s report includes the popular annual comparison of the domestic use of U.S. supplied intermediate-term preserved tissue and the analysis of the types of keratoplasty performed for a specific diagnosis. Data was separated by location of use (domestic vs. international) and keratoplasty type (PK, EK, or ALK), which allows for side-by-side comparison of domestic vs. international indications for keratoplasty.

New this year are data on recovery entities and preservation to surgery times for domestic use of tissue for keratoplasty. Data on the distribution of 83,501 transplant corneas is reported by country and continent by EBAA U.S. and international members.

The total number of U.S. supplied tissue distributed for keratoplasty (including long-term preserved tissue) was 79,641, a 20.2% increase from 66,278 in 2020, but still 7.0% behind the 2019 total. 49,110 intermediate-term preserved corneas were transplanted in the U.S. and 22,928 were exported internationally in 2021. The number of penetrating keratoplasty (PK) grafts in the U.S. was 16,269 (a 5.6% increase), while endothelial keratoplasty (EK) numbers increased 15.3% to 30,098. By the end of 2021, the number of DSAEK (15,935) and DMEK (14,128) procedures in the U.S. were comparable.

Since its inception 60 years ago, EBAA has provided statistics as a compilation of valuable data from member eye banks. Since 1961, member eye banks have provided tissue for over 2,196,866 people whose sight was restored through corneal transplants.

The Eye Banking Statistical Report would not be possible without the active participation and support of EBAA members and the dedication of the EBAA Statistical Report Committee. The Statistical Report is a valuable and useful resource for eye banks to review their operational efficacy and to drive performance improvement efforts.

Members can access the report in the Members Section using the “Statistical Reporting” tab.