Research and Training
We also offer tissue for for the purposes of research and training to hospitals and universities. Please contact us for more information.
In recent years, new cornea transplant procedures have been developed that allow surgeons to replace only the damaged layer of the cornea instead of the entire thickness of the cornea. These surgical techniques are known as Endothelial Keratoplasty (EK), cornea transplants. Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio uses leading edge technology to prepare Endothelial Keratoplasty tissue grafts for surgeons prior to the transplant surgery.
Currently, the most common grafts prepared for surgeons are Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) and Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK). These EK Surgeries offer better patient outcomes and faster healing times, allowing patients to get their vision back faster.
More recently, eye banks including Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio, have been able to develop and collaborate ways to offer surgeons tissue grafts that are pre-loaded into inserters. This method saves valuable operating room time and allows for a more efficient surgical process for both the surgeon and patient.
Overall, the demand for full thickness (PKP) cornea transplants have declined in the United States in the last decade. While over the same time period, corneas used for Endothelial Keratoplasty in the United States have increased. Full thickness, (PKP) corneas are still largely used in international countries for transplant. However, some countries have developed ophthalmology programs that are offering EK procedures to their patients.
Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio provides services to patients and surgeons through a fair and equitable distribution system that is without regard to recipient sex, age, religions, race, creed, color, or national origin.