Eye Bank

Eye Bank at Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital was started in the year 2005, and since then, it has developed into a modern and state-of-art facility, which not only does corneal transplant surgeries, but it also distributes corneas to the ophthalmologists for performing corneal transplant surgeries. The Eye Bank is accredited by NABH as part of hospital services, EBAI (Eye Bank Association of India) & Sight Life International USA. The Eye Bank team led by Dr. Manisha Acharya is the proud recipient of the prestigious BMJ South Asia Healthcare Award 2016 as Quality Team of the year for Improvement in Eye Bank Tissue utilization through Quality Assurance Initiatives.

In the year 2005, only 28 corneas were collected from various source-points and in a time span of a decade and a half, the cornea collection has risen to 12981 healthy corneas. This has been possible because of diligent & flawless procedures and a committed team. Annually, around 750 corneal transplant surgeries are done by the team, however, the year 2019 recorded a high of 1554 corneal transplants in a single year. The eye bank maintains a utilization rate of around 65% by its improved quality of transplantable tissues through well-defined quality measures, thereby earning recognition for quality processes among the corneal surgeons throughout the country.

Partnerships with international eye banks like- Sightlife Eye Bank and Miracles in Sight Eye Bank of USA have helped us immensely in our growth.

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The eye bank runs two collection centers at Vrindavan and Alwar respectively, and has an intensive network of more than 30 hospitals, mortuaries, cremation grounds and NGO partners. The eye bank runs a dedicated call center with its 24×7 helpline numbers- 9810001616 and 9650300300.  We have been the pioneer in practicing the innovative concept of Tele counselling in eye banking, and we are proud to be the first Indian eye bank to apply this initiative to expand the services.

SCEH Eye Bank processes the Amniotic Membrane and makes it available to the surgeons for the reconstructive surgeries. The eye bank provides tissues for various corneal transplant surgeries and processed Amniotic membranes to the corneal surgeons.

Scope of Services

  1. Tissues provided for corneal surgeries-
  2. Corneal Tissues for transplantation
  3. Pre Cut Tissues – DSAEK, DMEK
  4. Processed Amniotic Membrane

Training at SCEH Eye Bank

SCEH Eye Bank have been a renowned training center for the Eye bank professionals The Eye Bank started training eye bank professionals since 2010 and till now the Eye Bank has trained more than 200 Eye bank professionals through the training programmes. The Eye Bank feels proud to say that it is renowned for its quality trainings for different eye bank cadres. The Eye Bank team has developed the recovery Technician course manual for EBAI (Eye Bank Association of India) as well. Currently, following Training Courses are provided at the Eye Bank:

  1. Eye Bank Technician Course
  2. Eye Donation Counselor Course
  3. Evaluation Technician Course
  4. Eye Bank Managers Course
  5. Amniotic Membrane Preparation Course
  6. Short term Keratoplasty Course (For Ophthalmologists)
  7. Corneal Transplant Coordinator Course

TEAM

Dr Manisha Acharya, Medical Director, Eye Bank

Mr Animesh Das, Eye Bank Manager

Mr Badri Prasad, Cornea Recovery Technician

Mr Jitendra, Cornea Recovery Technician

Mr Sandeep Choudhary, Cornea Recovery Technician

Mr R D Sharma, EDC cum Recovery Technician

Mr Suresh, EDC cum Recovery Technician

Mr Sombir, EDC cum Recovery Technician

Mr Prem Chand, EDC cum Recovery Technician

Mr Aamir Khan, EDC cum Recovery Technician

Mr Roshan Singh, EDC cum Recovery Technician

Mr Akash Kashyap, Eye Donation Counselor

Ms Swati Kalra, Eye Donation Counselor

Mr Ramesh Chhimwal, Tissue Distribution Coordinator

Mr Surender Dixit, Tissue Evaluation Technician

Mr Mukesh, Tissue Evaluation Technician

Mr Sweta, Tissue Evaluation Technician

Ms Nishu, Tissue Evaluation Technicians

Mr Bhupesh Chandra, Tissue Evaluation Technician

Mr Anil Thakur, Corneal Transplant Coordinator

Ms Mahima, Lab Assistant

The eye bank is actively involved in the field of research and during the last few years many research papers have been published in various National and International medical journals. Some of the published papers are

  1. Risk of Transmission of Infection to Host from Septicaemic Donor Corneas Umang Mathur MD, Manisha Acharya MD, Jyoti Garg Lokesh Chauhan; International Journal of Eye Banking • vol. 3 no. 3 • December 2015
  2. Quality indicators for eye bank. Acharya M, Biswas S, Das A, Mathur U, Dave A, Singh A, Dubey S. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Mar;66(3):389-393.
  3. Effect of transfer of donor corneal tissue from McCarey-Kaufmann medium to Optisol-GS on corneal endothelium. Kapur N, Gunda S, Dixit S, Chauhan L, Acharya M, Mathur U. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Feb;66(2):219-222.
  4. Rubric for assessment of eye bank professionals for eye retrieval: A new tool and a step toward standardizing eye retrieval process. Acharya M, Farooqui JH, Mathur U. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Aug;66(8):1225-1227.
  5. Impact of quality assurance on utilization of corneal tissues in a community Eye Bank. Acharya M, Biswas S, Das A, Dave A, Mathur U. J Curr Ophthalmol. 2019 Aug 2;31(4):387-393.
  6. Awareness regarding eye donation among staff of a tertiary eye care hospital in North India. Dave A, Patel NV, Acharya M, Chaku D, Das A, Mathur U, Biswas S.Int Ophthalmol. 2019 Nov 25.
  7. Eye donation in north India: Trends, awareness, influences and barriers. Acharya M, Farooqui JH, Dave A, Chaku D, Ganguly KK, Das A, Mathur U. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2019 Oct;67(10):1570-1574.
  8. Training in wet labs and on surgical simulators- need of the hour. Achraya M, Farooqui JH, Dave A. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019; 67:549-50

Practical use of RAEPER (Rubric for assessment of eye bank professionals for eye retrieval) and its role in improving eye retrieval process in eye banks: An  Indo-American experience .Javed H Farooqui, Manisha Acharya, Ingrid Schunder , Renee Hinesley , Animesh Das . Indian J Ophthalmol 2020.