There wereover 50,000 transplants were performed in 2007.
90% of corneal transplants are successful.
There is no cost to the donor or the donor family.
Donation is consistent with the beliefs of all the major religions.
Eye are removed from doners approximately 12 hours after death.
Corneas are transplanted 3 to 6 days after donation.
Donor/recipient information is anonymous and confidential.
Special trained technicians carefully perform the surgical procedures from the doner.
Great care is taken to preserve the appearance of the donor so an open casket funeral can be held if desired.
Eyes cannot be designated for a specific person.
Anyone 2 yrs to 68 yrs old may be a donor.
Other Interesting Statistics
Donation Made to US Eye Banks
|Total Whole Globes & Corneas||82,741|
|Number of Donors||41,672|
|Corneal Translants Supplied by US Eye Banks||50,122|
|Exported Tissue to other US Eye Banks||13,992|
|Exported Tissue to International Eye Banks||10,371|
Age of Donors
|Under One Year||61|
Cause of Death of Donor
|Cause of Death||2007|
|Cerebral Vascular Accident||4,232|