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The role of the eye bank at Moorfields is fundamental to the procurement, screening and storage of the donated eye tissue used for corneal transplantation and certain glaucoma surgery.
Corneal transplants can restore sight to people with corneal blindness. This occurs when the clear tissue covering the front of the eye becomes cloudy or distorted, which can result from a variety of diseases, injury or infection.
The eye bank team provides a 24-hour information and retrieval service 365 days of the year, covering London and the south east. The service is provided by a dedicated team who aim to fulfil the wishes of the donor and their relatives.
Register as an organ donor
The scarcity of donors and the constraints of screening means there is always a need for donated corneas.
The Human Tissue Act 2004 clarified the consent status of someone who has died. Your wishes are paramount. If you would like to be a donor, you need to tell your family and friends and you need to register your wishes on the organ donor register. Forms are available from GP's surgeries, chemists and hospitals, and online (see related links opposite).
For more information, please contact the eye bank team on 020 7253 1199.