ODEF Now Offers DSEK Surgical Tissue
Old Dominion Eye Foundation, Inc. (ODEF) strives to be on the cutting edge of current eye banking technology. Over the past few months, ODEF developed a DSEK precutting program that will allow us to offer our surgeons precut DSEK tissue, as well as long-term preserved anterior tissue for a variety of surgical uses, including glaucoma shunt patching.
DSEK stands for Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty. The benefit of DSEK over other types of corneal transplant is that the surgeon is able to transplant a partial-thickness graft of corneal tissue (as opposed to a full-thickness graft), using fewer incisions, which results in a quicker healing time and better overall outcome for corneal transplant recipients.
As a part of the preparation for a DSEK surgery, the surgeon must cut off the top few layers of the cornea to make the graft partial-thickness. Only the inner-most corneal layers will be transplanted. ODEF’s precutting procedure will complete step for the surgeon. ODEF will provide tissue that has already been prepared for the DSEK surgery.
Recently, ODEF began offering this unique surgical tissue to our physicians. “We are very excited about the opportunity to provide this DSEK tissue to our surgeons and cornea transplant recipients,” said Bill Proctor, ODEF’s Executive Director. “We will continue to follow trends in the corneal transplant surgical field and provide the necessary services to our surgeons and the visually impaired community.”
ODEF Introduces the Joe Lipomi Lions Vision Fund
Joseph Lipomi was a dedicated Lion with many years of service. Joe embraced a special commitment—working for the sight impaired and visually handicapped. While he pursued these endeavors through numerous avenues, the Old Dominion Eye Foundation, Inc. (ODEF) was particularly close to him. This was evidenced in his service as President and life-long member of its Board of Directors. He expressed his belief in ODEF’s work upon his passing through a major endowment to further the eye bank’s goals.
With this endowment ODEF established The Lipomi Lions Vision Fund. This fund is intended to honor the memory of Joe and his wife Mary, express an appreciation for their immeasurable support and broaden the scope of our service.
The Lipomi Lions Vision Fund will offer assistance to individuals who are legally blind who want to further their education through scholastics or in the trade industry. Old Dominion Eye Foundation will award scholarships and/or equipment assistance grants to qualified applicants. Interested parties can submit their application through their local Lions Club. More information on the application process can be found at www.odef.org.