Statistical Report


The 2020 Eye Banking Statistical Report includes data from all 58 U.S. and 11 international member eye banks, plus one EBAA-accredited entity for the calendar year 2020 and represents a complete picture of eye banking activity among eye banks.

U.S. eye banks reported 108,382 total tissue recoveries from 54,740 donors in 2020. 60% of corneal donors were listed on a donor registry. Both tissue recoveries (-20.4%) and transplant numbers (-22.8%) decreased in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationally-advised moratorium on elective surgeries.

Because the pandemic had such a profound effect on eye banking and corneal transplantation, this year’s report includes a special section entitled Pandemic Observations and Commentary. Despite the challenges eye banks faced, the transplant rate surprisingly decreased only 2.8% to 65.8% in 2020 from 68.6% in 2019.

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. The data on the distribution of 62,857 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 66,278, a 22.5% decrease from 85,601 in the previous year. 43,873 intermediate-term preserved corneas were transplanted in the U.S. and 16,123 were exported internationally in 2019. The number of penetrating keratoplasty (PK) grafts in the U.S. was 15,402 (a decrease of 11.6%), while endothelial keratoplasty (EK) numbers decreased 14.9% to 26,095.

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 2,113,365 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.