Cornea Distribution System

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EBAI-SightLife Cornea Distribution System

A joint project of the Eye Bank Association of India and SightLife to provide a platform for distribution of tissues in excess of local demands


  • Ensure all optical tissues find a needy recipient
  • Provide tissues that have met healthcare quality standards in eye banking
  • Maximize utilization of transplantable tissues after offering to local community
  • Provide access to tissues to corneal patients/ surgeons across the country
  • Ensure fair and equitable distribution of tissues based on medical standard
  • Provide acceptable cost support to concerned eye bank based HOTA provision
  • Have transparent processes for matching tissues
  • Dedicated team supporting process Monday- Saturday

Key highlights:

  • All policies recommended by three committees - Steering Committee, Distribution Committee, Surgeon Advisory Committee - which included corneal surgeons, eye bank executives and board members and subject matter experts
  • Medical policies include prioritization of tissue requests (emergency, child, bilateral, etc), standardization in contraindications and tissue evaluation, standardizing approval of tissue usage
  • Distribution of tissues is prioritized on the basis of patient information and request time
  • Mandatory standardization in contraindications and tissue evaluation for all eye banks distributing tissues through CDS
  • Commitment of eye banks to community distribution first
  • Request-based system for distribution of tissues. All surgeons have to submit request in advance (attached Request Form for reference)
  • Standard processing charges for all eye banks allowed as per HOTA Act.
  • All optical tissues are in intermediate-term storage media

How can a corneal surgeon join EBAI-SL CDS System?


  • Training in cornea department or fellowship in cornea
  • Mandatory HOTA certificate for transplant centre
  • Submission of Corneal Surgeon Database Form
  • Call CDS @ 8800855517,or write to, or call EBAI at (040)23545454 for more details.

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How CDS works?
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