Statistics

Since its inception in 1961, the Eye Bank Association of America has collected and disseminated a statistical record of the profession’s activity. This data has been used to identify and share best practices, educate and inform regulatory bodies within the profession and in government, and inspire and track new developments and trends in eye banking and corneal transplantation.

EBAA publishes its Eye Banking Statistical Report annually; the 2018 report runs to over 108 pages of data, graphs and analysis. Some highlights from the report are included below.

Donations20172018% Change
Eye Banks Reporting57570.0%
Total Whole Eyes and Corneas Donated 135,203133,576(-1.2%)
Total Number of Donors 68,56568,102 (-0.7%)
Distribution 20172018 % Change
Intermediate-Term Preserved Corneas 77,579 79,2072.1%
Sclera 3,2532,959(-9.0%)
Long-Term Preserved Corneas 12,54313,521 7.8%
Research13,85912,495(-9.8%)
Training 10,53910,6661.2%

For the fifth year in a row, the majority of corneas were recovered from individuals listed on their states’ organ donor registry rather than through authorization by next of kin (NOK). First-person consent through donor registration facilitates the recovery process and ensures that the donor’s wishes are observed.