Ramayamma International Eye Bank (RIEB)has celebrated its 30th anniversary.
Set up at L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad, RIEB has cumulatively harvested 78,642 corneas and distributed over 41,680 of them to needy patients across India in the past 30 years.
RIEB has been recognized by SightLife as a ‘Global Centre of Excellence.’ Hyderabad is the only city in Asia with no waiting list for corneal transplants, according to a press release.
“From harvesting just 20 corneas in its first year in 1989 to 78,642 corneas this year, RIEB has chartered a phenomenal growth for a country like India where traditionally, there has always been a lot of pessimism about organ transplantation,” said Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Founder and Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute.
RIEB is .also one of the major training centres for eye banking personnel and research.