We are a non-profit long-term care home with 350 residents.
We are a place where residents feel comfortable,
independent and part of our community.
We are a non-profit screening clinic, providing endoscopy
and colonoscopy screening procedures.
We are dedicated to improving access for patients requiring screening services.
We are a non-profit ambulatory vision care centre,
providing surgical procedures, clinical vision care,
education and research. We are affiliated
with University of Toronto’s Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.
We are a non-profit Eye Bank. We collect,
process and distribute donated human eyes
and tissue for sight-saving transplants.
We are a non-profit community care program,
providing on-sight and in-home services
for older adults and adults living with disabilities.
Our goal is to enhance social, intellectual and physical well-being.
We are a non-profit 10-bed residential hospice,
providing 24-hour comfort and care to adults
with life-limiting illness, and their families.
The cornea is the clear, outermost layer of the eye. A corneal transplant, involves a surgical procedure where the damaged cornea is replaced by the healthy cornea from a deceased donor.
The Eye Bank evaluates all tissue for corneal transplantationto ensure it is suitable for surgery. The tissue is tested for infectious diseases following procedures outlined by Health Canada’s regulation on tissue donation as well as standards set out by the Eye Bank Association of America.
Eye tissue received by The Eye Bank is processed based on the needs of each patient. A patient’s surgeon will make a request to The Eye Bank, specifying the tissue needed depending on the surgery.
Technicians at The Eye Bank can prepare corneal tissue for surgeons performing surgery. The surgeons will then cut the tissue and use for any of the four different types of surgical procedures listed below:
Replacement of all five layers of the cornea
Replacement of only the top three layers of the cornea (Epithelium, Bowman’s Layer and Stroma).
Replacement of only the inner two layers of tissue (Descemet’s Membrane and Endothelium)
Replacement of a very thin inner layer of tissue –the Descemet’s Membrane