HOW TO ORDER TISSUE FROM SOUTHERN EYE BANK
Welcome to our team! Southern Eye Bank prides itself on distributing ocular tissue to surgeons in need of a corneal tissue, scleral patches or education and research tissue. Because of the generosity of Louisianans, Southern Eye Bank is able to provide this Gift to those in need.
To request ocular tissue, the most effective way of doing so is by faxing a surgical request to 504-891-2401. Our team will reveiw each request and verify your order within 24 hours.
You may also call our office at 504-891-3937. We are staffed 24/7.
A copy of the SURGICAL TISSUE REQUEST FORM may be printed from this tab.
Our office will need the following information in regards to your patient:
- Patient name, unique identifying number, sex, race, date of birth and address. Also state the performing surgeon, name of surgery center or hospital (please include address of surgical institution). Diagnosis and eye needing surgery is also required.
- Please inform us if the tissue needed is for pre-cut corneal tissue for use in Endothelial Keratoplasty, full-thickness cornea for use in Penetrating Keratoplasty or half / whole scleral shells.
For local surgeries (within the United States) our technicians will call the day before the scheduled surgery and give the surgery coordinator (or surgeon) the specifications of the tissue. This usually occurs at approximately 3pm CST.
For international tissue distribution or Monday morning procedures, our technicians will call in advance to discuss shipping arrangements.
Our staff members are always appreciative of post-operative success stories!
If you have a patient who would like to share his / her story, please contact us with the information and we will share their story with future recipients who are anticipating their surgery and also with donor families who have graciously and selflessly donated their loved one’s ocular tissue.
Your patients are able to write their donor’s family.
For information on how to do this, see the recipient correspondence guidelines or have the recipient call us at 504-891-3937.