Considering the limitation of time period for utilization of corneas, it is necessary that the corneas removed from eyes must not only reach the destination but must also be transplanted to the patients within a short span.
To organize this task involving the various stages from enucleation to transplantation is indeed very difficult especially if the cornea is to be sent to a far off destination, If the patient is not available on phone, If surgeon is busy, If its public holiday, If patient does not get fitness for undergoing surgery etc.
To avoid this, prompt action is required to avoid deterioration of the precious corneas. The centre is working for 24 hrs, 365 days, even on National holidays.
On the receipt of Eye Donation call, All the details e.g. cause of death, time of death, case history, address etc. of deceased person are noted carefully.
If the deceased person’s age is less than 80 years and the cause of death is not medically contraindicated, the eye donation call is given to nearest coordinator for retrieval process. The necessary instructions to take care of eyes before enucleation are given to family members.
After whole eye ball excision they are stored into Moist Chamber and are brought to Eye Bank immediately. After initial slit lamp evaluation, if viable. corneas are preserved in MK medium. In case of Cornea excision, excised cornea is stored in MK medium directly. Cell count of cornea are obtained on specular microscope.
After the necessary evaluation of cornea, cornea is offered to patient as the waiting list. Our technicians checks availability of patients by calling them. Simultaneously technicians provide the details of cornea and serology report to the respective surgeon. The surgeries are well coordinated by Eye Bank Technicians. In case the surgery is cancelled due to any reason, the cornea is provided to next available patient.