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Strategic Collaboration announced by Two Eye Bank Leaders – Vision Share, Inc. and KeraLink International

June 16, 2017 –SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Vision Share, Inc. and KeraLink International announced their new cooperative tissue sharing agreement designed to significantly increase the availability of transplantable ocular tissue grafts to surgeons worldwide, during the Eye Bank Association of America’s 56th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more…

Vision Share Announces Wet Lab Schedule, Signs Contract to Distribute Corneal Tissue to Africa

May 22, 2017 – Vision Share — reportedly the largest network of eye banks in the world — recently announced a series of wet lab training opportunities in Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) for 2017, and has signed a contract with Orbit Health Care Services, Ltd., to distribute corneal tissue to the hospital’s locations in seven African countries. Read more…

Vision Share Offers DMEK Wet Lab Training Sessions at ASCRS in Los Angeles 

May 2, 2017 – Vision Share, a provider of eye tissue and eye banking expertise, education and industry leadership, announced a series of wet lab training opportunities in Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) for 2017, including a session during the ASCRS 2017, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Cataract & Refractive Surgery held May 5–9 in Los Angeles. Read more…

PDEK With a Graft Prepared by an Eye Bank

April, 2017 – In the early days of endothelial transplants, making a graft for Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) required an equipment investment that was too large for most individual surgeons. The grafts also took hours to prepare. Eye banks therefore began preparing the tissue, and these institutions continued to provide prepared tissue as many of us surgeons went on to embrace Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). Read more…

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…