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Eye Bank of British Columbia

Health Care Professionals

Professional Resources

The success of the Eye Bank, to meet the needs of those who are waiting, relies on the cooperation of hospital administrators, physicians, nurses, ancillary staff, and the donor families who give consent for donation.

By assisting the Eye Bank in acquiring tissue, hospital personnel can have a direct role in reducing the waiting list. The Eye Bank acts as a liaison between the donor, next of kin, and recipient to coordinate ocular tissue transplantation. We rely on members of the medical profession at all levels to take the first step with the gift of sight by referring potential donors to the Eye Bank.

Legislation

Under the Human Tissue Gift Act of British Columbia, any death that occurs in any hospital in BC is required to be reported to an organ donor agency (e.g. Eye Bank of BC). The Eye Bank, in conjunction with the hospital, then determines donor suitability.

Refer to the following link to obtain the full version of this legislation:
www.qp.gov.bc/statreg/stat/H/96211-01.htm


Frequently Asked Questions for Health Care Professionals

Whom do corneal transplants benefit?

There are several different reasons for requiring a corneal transplant. Some of the more common are as follows:

What is sclera used for?

There are a few reasons for requiring a scleral transplant. The major ones are as follows:

Is the whole eye transplanted?

Will a person be able to have an open-casket funeral?

Is the family told who will receive the eyes?

Can all blind people benefit from a corneal transplant?

Can patients who wear glasses and/or who suffer from cataracts/glaucoma donate?

Can cancer patients donate their eyes?

What if I have an ethical/moral issue with eye donation?

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