The current operating budget for American eyebanks is more than $5 million per year, and an increasing portion of this expense is being paid by third-party payers. American eyebanks were surveyed to determine what a reasonable cost per transplant tissue might be and to see if recommendations could be made that would help optimize costeffectiveness in American eyebanking. Most well run eyebanks needed between $222 to $464 to process each donor cornea for transplantation. This cost-effective goal was most often met if the bank provided at least 150 corneas annually and if there was a full-time professional staff using modern tissue preservation techniques. An eyebank unable to meet these goals should consider obtaining its tissue from the nearest costeffective eyebank, allowing the redirection of charitable contributions to other more cost-effective eye care-related community activities.
- penetrating keratoplasty
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