Eye Bank

East Anglian Eye Bank

The East Anglian Eye Bank, part of the Ophthalmic Directorate, provides the national Tissue and Eye Services with high-quality human corneas for distribution to surgeons countrywide for patients requiring corneal transplant surgery.

Many dying patients may have already considered or had a conversation with their next-of-kin about wishing to be an organ and tissue donor. Our co-ordinators have only 24 hours to retrieve corneas and a good blood sample, and many potential donors are missed because information is received too late. Please call us immediately if a you have a potential eye donor.


Eye Bank Co-ordinators

You will be asked to leave a few details and one of the nurses will get back to you.

Mailing address

The East Anglian Eye Bank
Nelson Day Unit
Level 2, West Block
Colney Lane


Q: What is a cornea?

A: This is the clear window we can see at the front of the eye. A circle of donated cornea can replace a person’s cloudy, damaged, malformed cornea to restore their sight.

Q: Who can donate their eyes?

A: Most people aged 3-85 (85-95 with no ocular issues) can donate, however these are some of the main contraindications:

  • Neurological diseases such as dementia, MND, Parkinson’s, MS, long-term confusion/memory issues
  • Haematological malignancy or disorder
  • Malignant ocular melanoma
  • Previous transplant
  • High risk patients such as those with HIV, hepatitis, recent drug user
  • Viral such as flu and Covid.

Q: What should I do if a patient or their family wishes to consider eye donation?

A: If you think a patient you are caring for may be a potential donor, contact an Eye Bank Co-ordinator or the NRC. An Eye Bank Co-ordinator will be available during working hours to speak to you, the patient or the family to answer questions. Out of hours, please leave a message and one of the co-ordinators will get back to you.

Q: What information will the Eye Bank Coordinator or NRC need?

A: You will need to give them the following details from the patient medical records:

  • Name, address, date of birth and hospital number of the potential donor
  • Brief medical history
  • The patient’s NOK name and telephone number.

Q: What if I need to know something else about eye donation?

A: If you have other questions or problems, please call an Eye Bank Co-ordinator or the NRC. If you or your department would like an education session, please let one of the Co-ordinators know so they can arrange one.