Manchester Eye Bank
The Bristol and Manchester Eye Banks form part of the Corneal
Transplant Service, being the only two banks providing the service
at the national level, whereas the smaller banks only serve local
As one of the largest eye banks in Europe, the Manchester Eye
Bank plays a crucial part in the transplant of corneas. In the last
year the Eye Bank processed over 2000 eyes.
A cornea is a transparent five pence sized tissue, which covers
the front of the eye. If as a result of injury, infection or
disease, the cornea becomes 'foggy' or clouded, vision can be
impaired or in some instances deteriorate entirely.
The only substitute for a human cornea is another human cornea
donated at death. Transplantation involves replacing the damaged
cornea with a healthy one from a donor, via an eye bank.
The Manchester Eye Bank processes donated eyes from across the
country, preparing corneas for graft surgery, which helps to
Virtually anyone can donate his or her eyes and any donor tissue
which might not be suitable for transplant can, be used for medical
or research purposes, pending consent from the donor.
To be able to donate, in the first instance you need to register
in the Organ Donor Register (this can be done online).
It's also important to let your family know of your wish to donate
as your next of kin will be responsible for granting consent.
Talking to them about your decision will help to make the process
easier for them.
Eye Laboratory Coordinator: Dr Isaac Zambrano
Deputy Managers: Tom Kelly, Julie Cawley
Service Technicians: Ranbir Arif, Josephine Hynes, Susan
The Manchester Eye Bank is on call 24/7 to receive
4th Floor, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
0161 276 5623
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