Dr. Randa Haddad, Medical Director
Mr. Hussein Wehbi, Eye Bank Technician certified by EBAA
Eye transplantation refers to corneal transplantation since only one part of the eye can be transplanted, and there is no way to have a whole eye or full ocular transplantation.
The team in our eye bank procures, receives, stores, and screens donated eye tissue, which is used for corneal transplantation and glaucoma surgery.
Our team works interactively to screen potential donors in our medical center. When the potential donor is deceased, we contact the next of kin to offer options for eye donation. If consent is granted, we retrieve the donor eyes and store tissue in the eye bank.
Here, we process, evaluate and distribute the ocular tissues for transplant and/or research purposes.
In addition, the team coordinates with different international eye banks, certified and accepted by the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon, in order to supplement our need of ocular tissues.
Everyone can participate in helping others; only a deceased person can donate ocular tissues; each retrieved cornea can help in restoring sight for patients having cornea diseases, while sclera patches can be used in patients having glaucoma.
Healthy individuals who choose to become prospective donors can pass by our Eye Bank and sign a donor pledge witnessed by two of their relatives.
For deceased individuals, the closest next of kin who has the will to donate can inform the nurse manager at the nursing station who in turn contacts the Eye Bank team to meet the family and discuss the process required to proceed with the donation.