EBAA members enjoy access to a host of important benefits and services and programs.
EBAA’s Medical Standards are a guide to eye banks to ensure strict adherence to approved medical policies and procedures. EBAA’s Medical Advisory Board updates them regularly, typically twice a year, to ensure they include the most current eye banking standards, and then they are sent to EBAA members. These standards are also approved by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
This manual is an operational guide to the Medical Standards and establishes clinically-accepted, baseline practices for each eye banking procedure. In the late 1980s, the Procedure Manual Committee created the manual to serve as a framework upon which each eye bank develops its own personalized set of procedures.
Since its inception 54 years ago, EBAA has provided annual statistics as a means of understanding the current landscape of corneal recovery and transplantation. In 2011, the Statistical Report Committee refined and enhanced the report, taking the data submission process online. Access to EBAA Connect, EBAA’s real-time, web-based reporting and analytics engine, provides EBAA members with the ability benchmark their performance in key areas including, conversion rate, outcomes of tissue and more, against the average performance of all eye banks over any custom time span. Members also have access to charts and tables that allow them to look at up to 12 months of data within a user-selected date range.
Insight is EBAA’s monthly e-newsletter for member eye banks and R. Townley Paton Society members that provides information on events, educational opportunities, current news and other information curated for the eye banking and ophthalmic communities.
The Focal Point
The Focal Point is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that highlights advocacy, regulatory and legislative topics of importance to EBAA members. The Focal Point provides a comprehensive view of regulatory and legislative activities of importance to EBAA members, zeroing in on the those with the greatest impact on eye banking.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
Technician Education and Certification
EBAA is the nationally recognized certifying body for eye bank technicians. EBAA offers the opportunity to attain Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) status through an examination administered by an outside educational testing agency. Technicians who have passed the exam may maintain their certification by earning a required number of continuing education units (CEUs) and recertifying every three years.
EBAA holds a three-day Technician Education Seminar annually, which includes a series of lectures on the practical, technical, and scientific aspects of eye banking practices for new technicians.
EBAA holds both regular and periodic seminars on eye banking topics requiring a deeper dive. The Slit Lamp Microscopy Seminar is a two-and-a-half day course designed for individuals who have begun to work with slit lamp microscopes, and are interested in learning more about slit lamp microscopy and gaining experience using the microscope to evaluate corneal tissue. This unique seminar is designed to fit the needs of beginning eye bank technicians and includes lectures, demonstrations, and hands on experience. This course is intended as one component of a technician’s training in slit lamp microscopy.
EBAA offers members pertinent professional development through regular webinars that provide CEU credit at a reasonable cost and without time away from the office. EBAA webinars present Certified Eye Bank Technicians with more options for completing their requirements for recertification.
Eye Bank Accreditation
EBAA is the nationally-recognized accrediting body for eye banks. A team of professionals with extensive experience in eye banking and/or corneal transplantation conduct site inspections of eye banks at least every three years to evaluate adherence to EBAA Medical Standards and procedures. EBAA accreditation meets or exceeds most state and national regulations and encourages public confidence in eye banking.
EBAA routinely interacts with the agencies, like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that oversee eye bankin and transplantation. EBAA comments on proposed policies and guidelines, shares pertinent research and statistics and holds formal liaison meetings with regulators.
EBAA’s eye banks touch residents of all 50 states, so it’s essential that legislators understand how our members’ work affects their constituents. Since the implementation of our most recent strategic plan, EBAA has visited over 200 House and Senate offices. The relationships we establish through these meetings bring members of Congress into closer contact with their local eye bank, and have led a number of legislators to visit their eye bank in person.
Grassroots Tools and Resources
EBAA has developed an array of tools and resources to help eye banks with grassroots legislative efforts, including:
- Key Legislator contacts for every U.S. eye bank with links to legislator profiles, committee assignments, voting records and more
- Congressional calendar to indicate when legislators are likely to be in the district
- House of Representatives Calendar
- Senate Calendar
- Sample e-mail text to request in-district appointment
- Sample e-mail text for follow-up e-mail to thank the legislator for his/her time
- Meeting Materials
DISCOUNT PROGRAMS / GROUP PURCHASING
Medline is the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies to the transplant market and the world’s #1 custom kit manufacturer. Through their partnership with EBAA they have cut participating members’ acquisition costs for kits and medical supplies by over 7%; some members have saved as much as $50,000 to $100,000 annually.
Medline can also provide electronic access to both Medline University and MEDPACK – the only online system that allows for immediate access to certificates for your custom kits. For more information please contact Darren Nettuno at Dnettuno@medline.com
Alphapointe is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and online office supply store that happens to be the third largest employer of the visually impaired in the U.S. Through their online supply program, they are able to offer a wide range of jobs and rehabilitation services to those with vision loss.
Member benefits include:
- Automatic 5% discount on orders over $100
- Free shipping on all orders
- Automatic sales tax exemption on all orders
- Fast, friendly customer service
- Every order supports the blind and visually impaired
By ordering from Alphapointe, you can take the ordinary task of buying office supplies and transform it into the extraordinary chance to impact the lives of those who have lost their sight. To learn more about this program, or to establish your online account with Alphapointe, please contact Dustin Altic at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alphapointeonline.com.
Cornea-Trax: ISBT-128 Compliance Software
EBAA has partnered with DigiTrax to introduce Cornea-Trax, a seamless, one-stop labeling solution for eye banks of all sizes. Cornea-Trax can be purchased in two formats, either Stand-Alone, which includes all the equipment needed to print and scan ISBT-128 compliant labels, or Integrated, for eye banks that want to merge their ISBT-128 labeling solution into their existing eye banks management software.
EBAA’s investment portfolio is managed by The Sardana Group, a subsidiary of UBS Institutional Consulting Group. EBAA has extended its relationship with The Sardana Group to its member eye banks, giving them access to levels of service and expertise that might not otherwise be available to organizations with balances of their size. Working together, we have developed a series of portfolios suitable for any investment strategy, and the Sardana Group offers unparalleled customer service, allowing eye banks to invest with confidence.
Provides discounts on a variety of products and services for eye banks and their employees, including 15-50% off of FedEx shipping and 22-24% off cell phone service.
Medical Director Paton Society Memberships
EBAA provides one complimentary R. Townley Paton Society membership for each eye bank to be used for a medical director as well as discounts for additional medical directors and association medical directors.
Meeting Registration Discounts
Members enjoy significant discounts off registration for EBAA meetings and educational events, including the EBAA Annual Meeting, the Fall Educational Symposium hosted jointly by EBAA and the Cornea Society, EBAA webinars and more.