Advancing Sight Network is committed to advancing sight around the world by providing the best tissue to surgeons, hospitals, medical researchers, and our partners around the world.
We’ve partnered with Legacy of Hope, our local organ procurement organization, to create a 24-hour, 7-day a week phone center located at the Birmingham office. This partnership allows us to recover eye tissue quickly, resulting in high-quality tissue for surgical and research purposes.
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.
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.
Cornea and limbal stem cells transplanted for ocular surface disorders.
For emergency use in trauma, burns or ulcers.
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
500 Robert Jemison Road
Birmingham, AL 35209
3929 Airport Blvd
Bldg. 2 Suite 403
Mobile, AL 36609
Mid-South Eye Bank—Memphis
3144 Stage Post Drive
Bartlett, TN 38133
701 Genome Way Northwest
Suite F – Lab 130
Huntsville, AL 35806
400 Eastern Blvd, Suite 100
Montgomery, AL 36117
Mississippi Lions Eye Bank – Jackson
431 Katherine Drive
Flowood, MS 39232
Southern Eye Bank – New Orleans
2701 Kingman Street
Metairie, LA 70006