Eye Banking involves the identification of appropriate deceased donors, obtaining consent from the donor family, tissue collection, assessment and processing. This leads to distribution of tissue to trained Eye surgeons. The goal is to provide the best quality disease-free tissue for corneal transplantation to benefit the needlessly Corneal blind so that may see.
Successful Eye Banking occurs with appropriate National and Provincial [State] Legislation that supports Organ and Tissue Transplantation. These programs are culturally sensitive. As well, they require a basic health care system with appropriate infrastructure. Health Care Professionals include trained dedicated managers, technicians, counsellors and surgeons who are key to a successful Eye Banking program. In addition, capital investments in equipment must be made specific to an Eye Bank lab. Governance policies with a focus on Quality and outcome assessment with a not-for-profit approach are necessary. This ensures that all patients regardless of financial resources may have access to this sight-saving procedure.