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Advancing Sight is focused on our purpose, the life-changing impact made in a person’s life when the gift of sight is restored. The ripples of impact touch into a whole community as the donor family and recipient family are connected in this moment of generosity.

Our commitment is to this effort, to advancing sight around the world, offering the very best tissue to our network of surgeons, hospitals, and partners around the world. We can’t do this alone, so we stand together with our partners to advance sight, be it through transplanting, education, or research.

Ultimately our reputation as a dependable source for high-quality transplant or research tissue is dependent on fast recovery. To do this, we partnered with Legacy of Hope, our local organ procurement organization, to create Alabama Donor Services. Alabama Donor Services is a 24-hour, 7-day a week phone center located at Advancing Sight headquarters in Birmingham. It is staffed with trained referral coordinators who are responsible for screening, counseling families, obtaining consent, and coordinating the recovery with all parties.

Tissue Services

Processed Tissue
DSAEK//Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty
Using a microkeratome that provides a planar cut offering a smoother posterior stromal bed

DMEK//Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty
Tissue prepared adhering to strict aseptic technique using validated procedures in either a certified clean room or laminar flood hood. 

Unprocessed Tissue
PKP//Penetrating Keratoplasty
Standard full thickness grafts can be offered according to specific criteria. This transplant involves the surgical removal of the central two-thirds of the damaged cornea. This area is replaced with clear, healthy donor tissue, which is held in place by sutures. It is used with success in patients with decreased visual acuity secondary to corneal opacity, in the treatment of corneal thinning or perforation, for the removal of non responding infectious foci and for the relief of pain.

ALK//Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty
Partial thickness grafts used for anterior corneal diseases or scars. This procedure selectively replaces the front part of the cornea when it is scarred or distorted and is less invasive than a full thickness graft. The main advantage is that the patient’s own endothelium is retained, which eliminates the risk of endothelial graft rejection, and preserves endothelial cell density. Your eye will be stronger after surgery and you will be able to resume normal activities sooner.

KLAL//Keratolimbal Allografts
Cornea and limbal stem cells transplanted for ocular surface disorders.

TECT//Tectonic
For emergency use in trauma, burns or ulcers.

Long-Term Preservation

Validated Aseptic Glycerol Preservation
GlycerolPlus Corneas allow donated corneas not suitable for cornea transplant to provide coverage for glaucoma shunt. GPCs offer better cosmesis due to the clear tissue and results in less erosions. When rehydrated, the cornea swells allowing easy dissection of the stroma to obtain desired thickness.

Validated Alcohol Preservation
Every tissue undergoes rigorous screening tests to ensure patient safety. Donor Eligibility meets the strict donor screening and laboratory testing specifications of the source eye bank and the requirements of the Eye Bank Association (EBAA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Offices & Partners

Offices

1-800-423-7811
Office: 205-942-7211
Fax: 877-224-0679

Birmingham 

500 Robert Jemison Road
Birmingham, AL  35209
Email: info@advancingsight.org
Phone: 1.800.423.7811
Fax: 1.205.942.2129

Mobile

1504 Springhill Avenue, Suite 852
Mobile, AL  36604
Email: mobile@advancingsight.org
Phone: 1.205.313.8345
Fax: 1.205.942.2129

Mid-South Eye Bank—Memphis

3144 Stage Post Drive
Suite 116
Bartlet, TN 38113
Email: midsouth@advancingsight.org
Phone: 1.901.446.0927
Fax: 1.888.700.4801

Hunstville

250 Governors Drive SW
Huntsville, AL  35801
Email: huntsville@advancingsight.org
Phone: 1.205.313.8341
Fax: 1.256.534.3713

Montgomery

400 Eastern Blvd, Suite 100
Montgomery, AL  36117
Email: montgomery@advancingsight.org
phone: 1.205.313.8343
Fax: 877-233-0679

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