Safety is our number one priority. For this reason, Lone Star Lions Eye Bank follows strict medical criteria established by federal and state regulatory agencies to prevent the transmission of communicable disease through the use of eye tissue from infected donors.
The Eye Bank employs many layers of screening and evaluation to identify medically suitable donors. Our commitment to tissue safety begins with donor screening, including a review of medical records, a medical/social history interview, examination of the body, and a review of autopsy results when applicable. An extensive battery of blood tests is also performed to rule out a variety of potentially harmful infections. We eliminate those with any health related high risk factors that would make the donated tissue unsuitable for transplantation.
Lone Star Lions Eye Bank screens all potential donors for these diseases or conditions:
- Certain cancers, although most cancer patients may donate eyes and corneas.
- Intravenous (IV) drug use Active Infections (for ex., sepsis)
- Potential donors with these diseases or conditions may not become donors.
Physicians and trained procurement professionals investigate other diseases or conditions that may affect donation on a case-by-case basis to ensure that no disease is present that might harm the transplant recipient.