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Tissue for Transplantation


Every eye donor can impact the lives of 18 transplant recipients and help countless others through research



What is a cornea?

 

The cornea is the clear, transparent front layer of the eye which admits light and begins the refractive process, playing an essential role in the clarity of a person’s vision. The cornea is also an integral part of the eye’s structure, maintaining the eye’s spherical shape and keeping foreign particles from entering the eye.

 


How does the cornea work?

 

Light rays enter the eye through the cornea, the clear front “window” of the eye. The cornea’s refractive power bends the light in such a way that it passes freely through the pupil to the eye’s crystalline lens. The lens changes its shape as needed to focus the light sharply upon the retina, a light-sensitive layer of tissue inside the eye. The retina transmits these light impulses to the optic nerve and on to the visual centers of the brain.

 

If the cornea becomes opaque or misshapen due to disease or trauma, light cannot enter the eye properly, and the resulting vision is blurry or distorted. In some patients with corneal disease or injury, a corneal transplant is the only hope for restoring their vision. All transplanted corneal tissue comes from carefully screened deceased donors.


What is a corneal transplant?

 

A corneal transplant is a surgical procedure in which a patient’s diseased or damaged cornea is replaced with a healthy, clear cornea donated by a carefully screened deceased donor.

 

Who needs a corneal transplant?

 

A corneal transplant may be required due to the following conditions:

  • Corneal failure after another eye surgery, such as cataract surgery
  • Keratoconus, a disease causing abnormal curving and swelling of the cornea
  • Hereditary corneal failure, such as Fuchs’ Dystrophy and Lattice Dystrophy
  • Scarring following infection or injury
  • Rejection after a first corneal transplant

 

A corneal transplant cannot treat all forms of blindness. However, for individuals with corneal blindness that cannot be corrected with less invasive measures, a corneal transplant remains the gold standard of treatment.


Can other parts of the eye be transplanted?

 

Yes. In addition to corneal tissue, the Florida Lions Eye Bank also provides scleral tissue for surgery. The sclera is the tough, white, opaque portion of the eye. To prepare this tissue for surgery, eye bank technicians recover whole eyes from donors and process the tissue in the laboratory. The resulting scleral grafts are used during glaucoma surgeries or oculoplastic procedures.

 

Each whole eye can yield 8 individual pieces of scleral tissue, in addition to one cornea. Thus, a single eye donor can impact the lives of 18 transplant recipients, and countless others through research and education.




Florida Lions Eye Bank

Calendar of Events

May 24, Wednesday
Board of Directors
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location TBD – Miami, FL

June 3, Saturday
Installation Dinner Gala
Location TBD
6:00pm – 10:00pm

 

Contact Us

 

Florida Lions Eye Bank
900 NW 17th Street #348
Miami, FL 33136

 

Telephone: (305) 326-6359
Toll-free: (800) 329-7000 Ext. 6359

 

General Email: info@fleb.org

 

Distribution Email: FLEBDistribution@med.miami.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Mission


In the fight against visual impairment and blindness, the Florida Lions Eye Bank recovers, processes and distributes ocular tissue for sight-saving surgery. It provides eye tissue and funding for ophthalmic research and training and operates a pathology lab to assist with patient diagnosis and treatment. It also provides professional and community education to promote eye donation.




 

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