Eye banks create the cycle of giving

OPTOMETRY TIMES |  Diane M Hollingsworth
The Human Tissue “box” (Figure 1) that shows up at your hospital or surgery center and its contents go through quite a journey, which we in the eye banking world call the Cycle of Giving, to reach your destination.

The history of corneal transplants began more than 100 years ago in 1905 when the first surgery was performed. The first eye bank was established in New York City in 1944. As more eye banks were founded throughout the country, they formed a strong network which lead to the creation of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) in 1961, the Cornea Society in 1975, and the development of medical standards for all accredited eye banks in 1980.

In conjunction with the expanding presence and impact of eye banks, the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) was passed in 1968, establishing a regulatory framework for the donation of organs, tissues, and eyes in the U.S. This act ensured compliance with a donor’s wishes upon his death to donate to science, medicine, and education. This legislation has gone through two revisions over the years and has been adopted in some form in the majority of states. Continue reading

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