All posts by Madeline Lardner


Award Winner Korroch Explains How Eye Banks Have Worked to Ensure Supply Exceeds Demand

April, 20, 2017 – Longtime eye bank executive David Korroch, chief executive officer, Lions Medical Eye Bank, explains how eye banks have worked hard to meet – and even exceed – the demand for donated tissue. Korroch is the winner of this year’s Leonard Heise Award. Listen to podcast…

Tracing the Path of Donated Corneas

April, 2017 – In the United States, surgeons schedule corneal transplant procedures with the same freedom as cataract surgery, knowing donor tissue is as readily available as any IOL. Of course, surgeons are aware that donor tissue is not manufactured; it arrives at the OR at the end of a meticulous process that begins with a generous final act. Here’s how that process works. Read more…

Work of Eye Bank Network Shows Far-reaching Impact

March 1, 2017 Organization, physicians work together from procurement to placement of corneal tissue.

Events happen fast in eye banking—corneal tissue is donated, procured, evaluated, processed, preserved, matched, delivered, and transplanted in as little as a day. Into
this process go years of work—not only by the surgeons carrying out sight-saving procedures, but also by eye banking leaders who have built a reliable, efficient system to speed corneal tissue from procurement to placement all over the world, every day. Read more…

Lions Eye Institute Propels to World Leader Through Strategic Acquisition

Tampa-Based Eye Bank Purchases International Sight Restoration

TAMPA, Fla. (February 8, 2017) – The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research (LEITR) announces the acquisition of International Sight Restoration (ISR) in Tampa to double its size, creating one of the largest eye banks and distributers of corneas in the world. Read more…

Corneal graft tissue now comes prepared, preloaded

Tampa – February 9, 2017 – Eye bank innovation can save surgeons time and financial risk. A recent innovation in transplanting Descemet’s membrane will make the procedure faster and more predictable, possibly affecting thousands of patients, clinicians say. The first-ever pre-Descemet’s endothelial keratoplasty (PDEK) corneal transplant procedure, performed with an eye bank-prepared, preloaded Descemet’s membrane graft, took place in January, according to LEITR, the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research. Read more…

Vision Share Partner Delivers First Prepared Tissue for PDEK Corneal Transplant

CHICAGO – January 18, 2017 – Vision Share, the preferred source for eye tissue, eye banking expertise, education and industry leadership, announces that Ahad Mahootchi, MD, Medical Director of The Eye Clinic of Florida Same Day Surgery Center in Zephyrhills, has performed the first-ever pre-Descemet’s endothelial keratoplasty (PDEK) corneal transplant procedure to rely on an eye bank prepared and preloaded Descemet’s membrane graft. Read more…

Vision Share Wet Lab Calendar

Please join Vision Share and other surgeons and CEBT technicians as they guide you through the DMEK procedure. At the training you will have hands-on practice with processed and unprocessed tissue.

The $499 fee for the wet lab includes practice tissue, instruments and tools to use at the wet lab and dinner. Once you request and receive 3 tissues used for surgical transplant, from Vision Share, your $499 fee will be credited back to you.

Please review our calendar of offerings. Click on Register Now to register to one or multiple wetlabs. Don’t see a location or date that works for your schedule? Get on Vision Share’s Wetlab Update list to be the first to know about future Vision Share wetlabs!

Los Angeles, CA: May 4, 2017: 5:30-9:30pm: Located at the JW Marriott

Baltimore, MD: May 11, 2017: 3:00pm-7:00pm: Located at the Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai Hospital

Chapel Hill, NC: May 24, 2017: 6:30pm-8:00pm: Located at UNC

New Orleans, LA: November 13, 2017

Register Now!

You can also purchase DMEK in a Box for $895 which includes all the instruments and tools you will need to continue to practice your DMEK skills. What is DMEK in a Box?