What is it about?

Small scale eye banks lack economies of scale and are sensitive to overhead and recurring costs that impact their financial sustainability. A timely and careful calibration of the eye bank’s internal acceptance policy with regard to donor tissue quality is required in order to ensure that utilization of all recovered corneas are optimized.

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Why is it important?

Our study show that donor corneas with cataract surgery generally have lower overall tissue quality leading to lower uptake by surgeons and lower utilization rates. Eye banks must continuously refine their donor acceptance criteria and engage surgeons to optimize utilization of each recovered tissue.


The purpose of this article is to reflect the difficulties small scale eye banks face in trying to obtain sufficient numbers of corneas to meet demand while ensuring efficient and optimal utilization of tissue, and look for collaboration on cornea donor study regionally or internationally with the objective of providing the quality and sustainable eye banking services.

Darren Sai Kyauk
Singapore National Eye Centre

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This page is a summary of: Utilization rate and usage patterns of phakic and pseudophakic donor corneas recovered by the Singapore Eye Bank, PLoS ONE, December 2021, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0260523.
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