About Indiana Lions Eye & Tissue Transplant Bank
Since 1959, our organization has restored vision to over 20,000 individuals who have suffered from corneal blindness as a result from injuries or disease. As the primary supplier of cornea tissue in Indiana, the ILETTB will provide over 1900 corneas for transplant in 2009. In addition to our ocular services, we are also a tissue bank providing full recovery and distribution services to Indiana hospitals.
Since our inception, we have been committed to serving the needs of Indiana residents not only with readily available tissue to improve their lives, but tissue for research and education that may one day eliminate an eye disease or improve upon an existing surgical procedure. The ILETTB has donated millions of dollars in grants and fellowships.
Through our Surgical Assistance Program, we can assist Indiana residents in need of ocular surgery and without the financial means to have their vision restored.
- Charter Member of The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)
- FDA Registered
- Licensed by The New York State Department of Health
- Licenced by Health Canada & State of California
Eye and Tissue Recovery Services
Our tissue recovery specialists are dedicated to the highest ethical standards and are trained to use surgical aseptic techniques to ensure that tissue is recovered safely with respect and dignity to the donor and their family. We follow requirements of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and of the FDA. We strive to be a good steward of the gift for both the donor and their family but also for those who will receive their precious gift for transplant.
It is also important to be a responsible partner to the hospitals and facilities that support our donor program. Our staff is available 24 hours a day to provide prompt professional service and to be an asset to their facility.
Ocular and Tissue Distribution Services
Since 1959, the ILETTB has been providing the highest quality ocular tissue for transplantation, research and education. We are the primary provider of transplantable ocular tissue for surgeons in Indiana providing grafts for PKP, LKP and specialty cut grafts for DSEK, DSAEK. We also provide Sclera grafts and ocular tissue for numerous research projects annually.
For more information, visit: Tissue Distribution Services
Hospital Development & Educational Services
A primary mission of our organization is to fulfill the wishes of donors and their families and we could not accomplish that mission with out the help and support of our partners. Our Hospital Development(HD) staff is dedicated to assisting hospitals in developing successful donor programs that meet the needs of the hospital and the communities we both serve. Our HD staff is there to assist with policy development, training and continuing education.
We support the hospital's choice to have trained Designated Requestors or allow our Family Services Specialists (FSS Staff) to discuss donation options with family members. Both methods have proven successful and meet all requirements.
While assisting hospitals with policy development, our HD staff will follow all state and federal guidelines and ensure our hospitals have current requirements of CMS, JCAHO, HFAP and HIPPA. We also follow the guidelines of the 2007 Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) and support Indiana’s Donor Choice Law. We are a founding member of Donate Life Indiana and support the Indiana Donor Registry.
Our Hospital Development staff provides community education, health fairs and other events that promote donation. We provide hospitals with statistics to monitor their progress as well as account for transplanted tissue. We follow up on every donor, visiting the referring units and thanking them for their help and assistance with the family, we know every donor will always begin with the kind efforts of the hospital staff.
Family Services Specialists (FSS)
Our Family Services Specialists are the primary responders on all referral calls working directly with nurses, coroners and funeral directors. The FSS staff is specially trained to work with families who have suffered a loss, offering support and kindness.
Our FSS staff is available to support the hospital, coroner or funeral directors donor programs 24 hours a day. They are available to answer questions, coordinate donor referrals and recoveries, provide suitability screening and if requested, will discuss donation options with the family always supporting their decision.
Quality and Service
All of our tissue is of the highest possible quality. We follow or exceed all guidelines set forth by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety standards.
All tissue will have undergone:
- A stringent Medical History Review
- Medical/Social history interview with the donor’s next-of-kin
- Tissue evaluation with slit lamp and specular microscopy examination.
- Serologic testing
- A full review by our Quality Assurance department
Our Technical Program Director is responsible for all pre-cut grafts utilizing the Moria microkeratome for both anterior and posterior lamellar tissue. We also have an experienced VISX certified instructor available for training and consultation. All of our pre-cut grafts are prepared to the surgeons requirements. For more information, please contact us.
We have a Tissue Transplant Coordinator available to assist surgeons and their staff with tissue placement and provide any information about our tissue services.
PDFs and Forms:
Surgeon Profile [PDF]
Tissue Request Form [PDF]