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Eye Banking in India is more than half a century old. The first eye bank was started in Regional Institute of ophthalmology, Chennai in 1945. Many stalwarts promoted eye donation zealously in their own regions and hence was known only in certain pockets and activities limited to regions where a champion for the cause was working. In 1989 all the stalwarts got together and formed an umbrella body with the following objectives–

EBAI Milestones

  • 2011
    Amendments to THOA passed in Parliament
  • 2011
    NABH – EBAI Eye Banking Accreditation program MOU signed
  • 2009
    First National CME on Eye Banking
  • 2009
    Amendments to Eye Banking Medical Standards
  • 2003
    Multi state HCRP Project initiated
  • 2002
    All India Eye Donation information number 1919
  • 2000
    Seminar on HCRP in seven states
  • 1999
    Eye Banking Medical standards in association with Ministry of Health & Family welfare
  • 1999
    Awareness film featuring Smt.Jaya Bachan & Shri Amitabh Bachan
  • 1996
    Awareness film featuring Ms.Aishwarya Rai
  • 1991
    Hospital Cornea Retrieval Program initiated
  • 1989
    EBAI formed
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