Connect with us

Press Releases

200K Receive Sight-Saving Corneal Transplant

HCP Cureblindness has provided 200,000+ sight-saving corneal transplants since 2009.

mm

Published

on

(PRESS RELEASE) Waterbury, VT – HCP Cureblindness today announces that more than 200,000 patients have received a sight-saving corneal transplant since SightLife International-led efforts to address corneal blindness started in 2009. In March 2023, HCP Cureblindness acquired SightLife International to make a greater global impact in eye care.

“This milestone is incredible,” says HCP Cureblindness CEO K-T Overbey. “Prior to 2009, no systems or resources existed for corneal transplants in many low- and middle-income countries. Those living with corneal blindness had few if any options. Most never regained their sight and lived with limited capacities and increased challenges caused by their blindness.”

HCP Cureblindness assists eye bank development with drafted legislation to collect cornea tissue, public awareness campaigns to increase posthumous donations, patient screening, tissue matching, strategic planning, and HR services. HCP streamlines the process to allow for the collection of quality tissue to be used within a short time frame and matched with a surgeon’s requests.

HCP has trained over 700 eye bankers to correctly handle and manage cornea tissue and established several centers of excellence for training surgeons and other eye bankers to utilize viable donations.

The eye banking system and structure continues to expand in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa as current partners are taking a leadership role in helping to facilitate and expand services to more locations. This is possible because of the systems built from the ground up to allow for scalable growth.

“HCP works with developing eye banks who have shown a commitment to growth, quality and sustainability. The goal is to provide assistance and expertise that allow them to run independently within five years,” explains Overbey. “Our eye bank partners have mature systems with utilization rates comparable with the Western world.”

Advertisement

In addition, many mature partners are now training other developing eye banks, creating a ripple effect to expand care further.

Together, HCP and SightLife International’s respective expertise will have a substantial and long-term impact on the world’s most underserved communities. Building on a shared commitment to training, while also combining HCP Cureblindness’ deep expertise in specialized care delivery and infrastructure development with SightLife International’s expertise in primary care and policy and advocacy, millions more will have access to critical eye care across Asia and Africa.

SPONSORED VIDEO

Meet the Next Generation of Smart Glasses

Ray-Ban Meta is now available with a full range of lenses, as a complete pair or edged lens. Prescription orders eligible through select insurance providers, including Eyemed and private pay. The Ray-Ban Meta collection combines iconic design with cutting-edge technology. Capture life’s best moments and livestream to Facebook and Instagram with an upgraded 12 MP camera and five-mic system. Stay connected with hands-free calls and messages. Listen to your favorite tracks through built-in speakers. Spark your creativity, get information and control your glasses with your voice – powered by Meta AI. All while keeping your phone in your pocket. For more information, visit here.

Promoted Headlines

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Subscribe

INVISIONMAG.COM
BULLETINS

Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION.

Facebook

Most Popular