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Cornea. The cornea is located at the front of the eye. A corneal transplant can help people with conditions such as keratoconus, bulbus keratitis [link the words ‘keratoconus to and bulbus keratitis to page-point 1.3.20] or injury. For further information about Keratoconus, please visit Keratoconus Australia. [Link to https://www.keratoconus.org.au/ ].
Sclera. The sclera is the white of the eye. It can be used to help people with ocular tumours or cover a valve implanted into the eye to help people with glaucoma. To find out more about glaucoma please visit Glaucoma Australia [link to: https://glaucoma.org.au/ ] or Glaucoma NZ [link to: https://www.glaucoma.org.nz/ ].
Amnion: [HM note to self: Get Jane and Louise to check as this is from the NSW website]. The amniotic membrane is turned into a tissue graft and used as an open wound dressing, known as a biological bandage. It is an effective treatment option for serious wounds, eye injuries and burns as well as other topical applications. The donor program is currently only available to parents at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney and Auckland – Louise confirm. For further information please visit the NSW Tissue Banks and New Zealand Eye Bank [link to: https://www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/services-clinics/directory/organ-and-tissue-donation-service/nsw-tissue-bank ; and https://www.eyebank.org.nz/ ].
When consented, donations help to train eye surgeons to perform surgeries. They also help train eye bankers to prepare and handle tissue ready for transplantation.
When consented, donations can be allocated to ethics approved researchers who are involved in a range of medical-research areas. Research donations help to understand the anatomy and physiology of the eye, associated conditions and diseases, and the development of treatments. Currently, EBAANZ Eye Bank Members provide research consented donations to researchers examining a range of conditions of the eye (e.g. corneal, glaucoma and retinal conditions), and other health conditions (e.g. diabetes, and Alzheimer’s).