UK Lions Eye Bank Dedicates New Facility

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Annually, the Lions Eye Bank receives cornea tissue from over 200 donors and coordinates over 400 transplants. In Lexington alone, 99 cornea transplants have been performed with tissue from the Lions Eye Bank since Jan. 1, 2004.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2004) -- The Lions Eye Bank of Lexington, an affiliate of the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, dedicated a new facility today. Located at 3290 Blazer Parkway, Lexington, the 2,208-square-foot facility features a new laboratory and offices for technicians and staff.

Present at the dedication were UK faculty and staff including Lions Eye Bank technicians and administrators and area Lions Club members. The ceremony included a ribbon-cutting and remarks from Robert Gayheart, executive director, Lions Eye Bank; Dr. Woodford S. VanMeter, professor, UK College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and medical director, Lions Eye Bank; and Ken Dick, president, Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation.

“Moving into this new facility not only makes us more visible to the public, but also puts us ahead of the new national standards for eye banks enacted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Eye Bank Association of America,” said Gayheart.

Staff of the Lions Eye Bank collect, screen and oversee the distribution of tissue for vision-saving cornea transplants in Kentucky and beyond. The primary service area includes 51 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky. However, when more corneas are available than are needed by Kentuckians, the tissue may be used for transplants in other states or even other countries.

Annually, the Lions Eye Bank receives cornea tissue from over 200 donors and coordinates over 400 transplants. In Lexington alone, 99 cornea transplants have been performed with tissue from the Lions Eye Bank since Jan. 1, 2004.


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