WASHINGTON, April 8, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) has released its 2018 Eye
In 2018. U.S. eye banks reported 133,576 total tissue recoveries from 68,102 donors in 2018. Although these numbers decreased slightly from 2017, the transplant rate increased from 68.3% in 2017 to 69.4% in 2018, which indicates better efficiencies by U.S. eye banks. For the fifth year in a row, more cornea donors (58.2%) were listed on a donor registry than not.
"Our association represents over 90 eye banks, providing corneal tissue to over 80,000 recipients each year," said Kevin Corcoran, President and CEO of the Eye Bank Association of America. "I am proud that EBAA member banks continue to provide the gift of sight to recipients around the world. Since 1961, member eye banks have provided tissue for over 1,954,600 people whose sight was restored through corneal transplants."
The total number of U.S.-supplied corneas distributed for keratoplasty (including long-term preserved tissue) was 85,441, a 1.4% increase from 84,297 in the previous year. 51,294 intermediate-term preserved corneas were transplanted in the U.S. and 27,913 were distributed internationally in 2018.
"We are humbled by the generosity of the selfless donors and their families who make the decision to give the gift of sight," said Woodford Van Meter, Chair, Board of Directors, Eye Bank Association of America, "We will continue to work tirelessly to maximize that gift for the restoration of sight worldwide and appreciate the sacrifice of donors and their families everywhere."
For more information about the Eye Bank Association of America and the work of our member eye banks, visit restoresight.org.
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About the Eye Bank Association of America The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), established in 1961, is the oldest transplant association in the nation and sets standards, provides education, and engages in advocacy to support eye donation, and cornea transplantation and research. EBAA has led the transplantation field with the establishment of medical standards for eye banking and comprehensive training and certification programs for eye bank personnel. Over 90 member eye banks operate in the United States, Canada, and Asia. These eye banks made possible 85,411 sight-restoring corneal transplants in 2018. To learn more, visit http://www.restoresight.org.
SOURCE Eye Bank Association of America
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