Sight-Restorative Eye Donations and Transplants in Colorado and Wyoming Break Records

DENVER, Jan. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The number of eye donations in Colorado and Wyoming, and the number of sight-restorative corneal transplants performed as a result, were at an all-time high in 2017.

According to the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, the nonprofit organization that facilitates the donation and transplantation of donated eye tissues in Colorado and Wyoming, there were 2,687 eye donors in the two-state area. Colorado accounted for 2,483 (83 percent) of those donors. Wyoming saw a new high with 204 (17 percent) of the total eye donors. The donations resulted in 2,692 sight-restoring corneal transplants. The numbers represent a 32 percent increase in eye tissue donations and a 31 percent increase in corneal transplants from just five years ago in 2012.

Robert Austin, a spokesman for the eye bank, said that the increase is due to several factors. “Along with Colorado’s population growth comes an increased number of deaths,” he said. Continue reading

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