Renovations allow for more corneal transplants
1,000 corneal transplants are looking to happen in a newly renovated eye bank in Kettering, Ohio this year, reports the Dayton Daily News. The amount of transplants will be a 25 percent boost to the numbers from 2013, writes Drew Simon. The Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio moved from its Southtown Boulevard building and is now located at 3309 Office Park Drive. An open house was held for guests on May 3rd to see the renovations.
Opening in 1982 originally, the Lions Eye Bank performed 72 corneal transplants in its first year. Now, having performed 800 in 2013, the renovations which were donated through transplant partners of the local Lions Clubs, will allow the eye bank to break the 1,000 mark. $200,000 were spent on the renovations which have offered 10,000 square feet to the new location, which is double the size of its predecessor.
Corneal transplants have increased throughout the years and there are more and more organ donors. This increases the cornea donation level, increasing the demand for more facilities that can stand up to the challenge. These findings are from Donate Life and Donate Life Ohio, as they mentioned that numbers have grown significantly over the past decade.
Chief executive officer of the Lions Eye Bank of West Centeral Ohio, Angela Burnham mentions that her staff has been diligent and hardworking to bring better vision to the community in Kettering and around the world. In the past 15 years alone the eye bank has gone from 350 transplants a year to the goal of 1,000 in 2014, says Burnham. This is largely in-part to the dedicated workers at the eye bank, which added three new full-time employees bringing their number to 14. A statistic from the article shows that the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reported 46,196 corneal transplants took place around the country in 2011.