Eversight presentation 'Cyle of Giving' published in Optometry TimesJune 9, 2017 – The moment a transplant recipient opens their eyes for the first time to see a clear new world is life-changing, and it's only possible thanks to the dedication of people working behind the scenes along the path to sight restoration.
It's called the Cycle of Giving, and Diane Hollingsworth, Vice President of Client Relations at Eversight, made a presentation to the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses recently to provide a better understanding of what goes on at an eye bank.
"It takes a collective effort to be able to offer the gift of sight, and medical professionals play a vital role," Hollingsworth said. "This was a great opportunity to connect with some of the people we rely on most to carry out our mission."
Hollingsworth adapted her presentation for publication in the Optometry Times. The article, which can be viewed here, is a look back at the history of corneal transplantation and the remarkable advancements Eversight and other eye banks have made in the past century.
"As recently as 10 years ago, corneal transplant surgeons had to put their patients on a wait list until tissue became available," Hollingsworth writes. "Now ... corneal transplants have become the most successful and most common form of human transplant performed."
The presentation goes on to explain that while the transplant waiting list has been virtually eliminated in the United States, much of the world is closed off from critical sight-restoring care.
It's why Eversight is continuing to expand its impact by developing eye banks internationally, training surgeons and restoring sight for nearly 2,500 in more than a dozen countries outside the U.S. every year.
"Eversight will continue to work alongside surgeons, researchers and nurses to optimize patient outcomes," Hollingsworth said, "both now and into the future."