Statistical Report


The 2016 Eye Banking Statistical Report includes information on all 62 U.S. and 11 international member eye banks reporting data for the calendar year 2016 and represents an essentially complete picture of eye banking activity among eye banks in the United States.

This year’s report includes the popular annual comparison of the domestic use of U.S. supplied intermediate-term preserved tissue and analysis of the types of keratoplasty performed for a specific diagnosis. In 2016, domestic eye banks reported 136,318 total tissue recoveries, an increase of 4.1% from 130,987 recoveries in 2015. Total donors in the United States were 69,049, up 3.8% from 2015. For the third year in a row, more cornea donors (55.5%) were listed on a donor registry than not.

The total number of U.S. supplied tissue distributed for keratoplasty (including long-term preserved tissue) was 82,994, a 4.7% increase from 79,304 in the previous year. 16,057 (34.3%) of U.S. intermediate-term preserved corneas were exported internationally in 2016. Penetrating keratoplasty (PK) numbers decreased 2.9%, endothelial keratoplasty (EK) numbers increased 4.9%, and tissue used for lamellar keratoplasty (ALK) increased 8.4% in 2016 compared with 2015.

EBAA’s 2016 Fast Facts for Physicians, prepared by Holly B. Hindman, MD, provides a synopsis of the statistical report for EBAA’s Paton Society members. This Executive Summary includes the highlights and graphics from the statistical report most useful to corneal surgeons.

Since its inception 56 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 1,770,000 people whose sight was restored through corneal transplants.

EBAA members utilize EBAA Connect, our web-based reporting tool for real-time data reporting and analysis. EBAA Connect includes graphical analysis of data, a table feature, and allows eye banks to benchmark against the average performance of all eye banks over any time span – from a single month to multiple years.

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.

View an eye banking statistics snapshot.

For a copy of the 2016 Eye Banking Statistical Report, please click here.