Donor cornea procurement: Six-year review of the role of the eye bank in South Australia

Keryn Williams, M. A. White, P. R. Badenoch, T. R. Wedding, S. J. Alfrich, M. A. Sawyer, L. M. Noack, E. W. Johnstone, G. Zilm, D. J. Coster

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The Lions Eye Bank of South Australia was established six years ago and has collected corneas from 790 donors. The consent rate is currently 82% of requests made. Two-thirds of donors have been male, with mean donor age/year varying from 54 to 64 years (range two to 93 years). Cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, trauma and haemorrhage account for 80% of all donor deaths. Mean death to enucleation time is five hours. Corneas assessed as being of excellent or very good quality are released preferentially from the bank; those with central endothelial cell counts of less than 1500 cells/mm2 are discarded. Fewer than 1% of donors have returned a positive result for HIV or hepatitis B. Of the 1580 corneas collected by the bank, 863 (55%) have been used for transplantation with a primary non-function rate of 0.46%. The evolving policies, logistics of operation and methodologies employed by the bank are described in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-89
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes

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  • Ophthalmology

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Williams, K., White, M. A., Badenoch, P. R., Wedding, T. R., Alfrich, S. J., Sawyer, M. A., ... Coster, D. J. (1990). Donor cornea procurement: Six-year review of the role of the eye bank in South Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology, 18(1), 77-89.