Orlando, FL; October 3, 2017 – KeraLink Southeast, a division of KeraLink International was proud to host the AATB Communications Committee during their recent visit to Orlando for the American Association of Tissue Banks Annual Meeting. The committee toured KeraLink Southeast’s Eye Banking Center and was introduced to all of the components of eye banking and corneal recovery. Hospital Development, Recovery and Technical staff were on hand to showcase the work that is done to bring the gift of sight to people in Central Florida and beyond.
The group viewed a surgical demonstration of corneal recovery including the structures the eye and the specialized equipment used to evaluate and prepare corneal tissue for transplant. “It was a privilege to get this kind of specialized training and not something I will ever forget. It was an honor to be part of this donor’s legacy,” said Sarah Gray, Director of Marketing, AATB.
The group also learned about KeraLink's international sight-restoring programs in Bangledesh, their work with the International Federation of Eye Banks and their Operation Eye Rescue programs dedicated to sharing the gift of sight in developing countries and for those who otherwise could not afford transplantation. A discussion on donor recognition and bereavement programs and other issues affecting donation concluded the tour.
"It’s such a pleasure to come together with our tissue banking colleagues to showcase eye banking and the steps that go into giving the gift of sight. By learning from each other, we can broaden the understanding and reach of donation for everyone,” DiAnn McCormack, Donor and Community Development Manager, KeraLink Southeast
About KeraLink International
KeraLink International is a non-profit, non-governmental network of eye banks and related programs committed to reversing corneal blindness wherever it exists. The organization accomplishes this by investing in world-class facilities, medical education, collaboration with other members of the transplant community, creative development campaigns and cutting-edge research, as well as by providing charitable tissue both domestically and internationally to patients in need. KeraLink International is proud that its cooperative relationships with multiple Organ Procurement Organizations and other eye banks allow it to extend its reach. With seven processing centers strategically located throughout the United States, KeraLink International is positioned to process and deliver high quality tissue to surgeons and their patients. In addition, KeraLink’s international arm, the International Federation of Eye Banks (IFEB), provides support, oversight and innovative programming assistance to 29 IFEB members around the world.
About KeraLink Southeast
KeraLink Southeast was established as the Medical Eye Bank of Florida in 1978 with a vision to serve local donor families, surgeons, hospitals, and recipients with a comprehensive eye banking program; recovering, processing, and distributing ocular tissue throughout the region and world. For almost 40 years, KeraLink Southeast has brought a rich tradition of service to Central Florida, focusing on directing local tissue to local recipients.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact DiAnn McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-445-6764.