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EBAA Medical Standards, an Evolving, Living Document
Joel Sugar, David Glasser, Mark Mannis
The Medical Standards of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), as stated in the “introduction and purpose,” “have been developed to assure consistently acceptable levels of quality, proficiency, and ethics in dealing with ocular tissue for transplantation; and to define the minimum standards of practice for eye bank functions, as determined by the ophthalmological medical community.” The Medical Standards of the Eye Bank Association of America evolved over a period of several years prior to actual codification and adoption in 1980. There was spirited debate over the necessity of these standards. Moreover, there was discussion that these standards might eliminate certain eye banks for what was perceived as their inability to comply with these standards. Nonetheless, the Standards were adopted by the association due, in no small part, to the persistence and guidance of ophthalmologists including Frederick Brightbill, Jay Krachmer, and Donald Doughman, the expressed interest of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the collaboration with lay leaders among association membership.