Statistical Report



The 2019 Eye Banking Statistical Report includes data from all 57 U.S. and 11 international member eye
bank reporting entities for the calendar year 2019 and represents a complete picture of eye banking activity among eye banks.

U.S. eye banks reported 136,130 total tissue recoveries from 68,759 donors in 2019. Although these numbers increased slightly from 2018, the transplant rate decreased from 69.4% in 2018 to 68.7% in 2019 (-1.3%). For the sixth year in a row, more cornea donors (59%) were listed on a donor registry than not.

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 large number of “unknown” surgical indications in international transplants compromised the validity of the conclusions drawn in previous years when domestic and international data were combined. The data on the distribution of 83,404 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 85,601, a 0.2% increase from 85,441 in the previous year. 51,336 intermediate-term preserved corneas were transplanted in the U.S. and 28,402 were exported internationally in 2019.

The number of penetrating keratoplasty (PK) grafts in the U.S. was 17,409 (an increase of 0.4%), while endothelial keratoplasty (EK) numbers increased 1.0% to 30,650, largely due to the 23% increase in DMEK procedures.

Since its inception 59 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 2,044,081 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 and non-members can purchase it here.