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Manchester Eye Bank 20th Anniversary Celebrations

Manchester Eye Bank 20th Anniversary 15th October 2008 VENUE: Postgraduate Centre. Manchester Royal Infirmary. 14.00 to 17.00 PROGRAMME • Introduction. Mr. Andrew Tullo • Origins of the Corneal Transplant Service. Prof. John Armitage • Organ Culture and its Role in European Eye Banking. Dr. Lisbeth Pels Coffee break • Corneal Transplantation. Past, Present and Future. Mr. Rakesh Jayaswal • Research and Eye Banking. Dr. Chantal Hillarby • The Manchester Eye Bank Now and Future. Dr. Isaac Zambrano Further details available through Manchester Eye Bank: 01612765623, or write to Julie.cawley@cmmc.nhs.uk Established in 1988, the Manchester Eye Bank, is one of two National eye banks in the country (Manchester and Bristol), which constitute the Corneal Transplant Service in the UK. The Manchester Eye Bank plays a crucial part in the transplant of corneas. In the last year the Eye Bank issued 1,409 corneas and 259 sclerae for transplant. At present, the only substitute for a human cornea is another human cornea donated at the time of death. Transplantation involves replacing the diseased or damaged cornea with a healthy one from a donor, via an eye bank. The Eye Banks process donated eyes from across the country, preparing corneas for graft surgery, which helps to restore sight. Virtually anyone can donate his or her eyes, even patients that have suffered from solid malignant tumors. However, there is a donor selection process to guarantee the tissue is safe to use in a transplant.