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Center For Sight Selected to Participate in Corneal Transplant Study
Date:3/9/2013

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) March 09, 2013

Center For Sight ophthalmologist William Lahners, M.D., has been selected to participate in the national “Cornea Preservation Time Study” to determine if corneas transplanted up to two weeks after donation work as well as corneas transplanted up to one week after donation. About 40 clinical sites around the country, including Center For Sight, are conducting the study sponsored by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

The supply of donated corneas nationwide meets current needs – about 46,000 transplants in 2011. But with an aging population and health concerns about the future donor pool, researchers want to ensure the supply can meet an expected growth in demand over the next two to three decades.

“Over the past 20 years, corneal transplant specialists have gotten comfortable using corneas up to one week after being harvested from the donor, when in fact the donor tissue can be used up to two weeks later,” said Dr. Lahners, Medical Director and Director of Laser Vision Services at Center For Sight. Dr. Lahners is a fellowship-trained in Cornea and External Disease, Refractive Surgery, and Glaucoma. He was recently honored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology – earning prestigious Achievement Award for his research and presentations on vision correcting technologies. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology for the University of South Florida.

Interested patients may call senior clinical research coordinator Ginger Mortiz, R.N., at 941-925-2020 to learn more.

The U.S. Food and Drug administration permits corneas to be stored in preservation medium at refrigerator temperature up to two weeks after donation. Presently, the excess supply of donated corneas in the United States – about 20 percent annually – are shipped overseas where they are successfully transplanted more than a week after donation. “The result of
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