Surgeons and Ophthalmologists

Since 2006, the Iowa Lions Eye Bank has been providing transplant surgeons around the globe with safe and reliable processed corneas for the most advanced corneal transplantation procedures. As leaders and innovators in our profession, we were the first US eye bank to prepare tissue within the eye bank setting for use in Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Processing (DMEK) and are expertly equipped to handle all forms of corneal tissue processing. Our highly skilled and trained ILEB personnel are fully capable of performing all forms of tissue processing based on the specific needs requested by the surgeon prior to shipping the cornea for surgery.

Please contact ILEB staff at 319-335-4889 with any questions you may have regarding our tissue processing program or to submit a request for surgical tissue.

Tissue Processing Services Provided

Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK): ILEB has been preparing corneal tissue for use in DSAEK since early 2006 and has now prepared more than 9000 corneas for DSAEK transplants. Using specialized software developed internally, ILEB staff are able to reliably process corneas to a surgeon’s desired thickness with a high degree of accuracy and precision. Corneal orientation markings are fully customizable and available upon request.

Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK): The ILEB has been providing DMEK prepared tissue since 2009. Our expert staff utilizes a highly reliable technique to prepare corneas for DMEK that allows the surgeon to perform the DMEK procedure using a “one touch method” requiring minimal manipulation of the donor cornea and better surgical outcomes. Corneal orientation S-stamp markings are available upon request.

Laser Assisted Keratoplasty (LAK): ): ILEB has been using a femtosecond laser to prepare corneas for use in surgery since June of 2007. ILEB is able to precisely prepare corneal tissue to a surgeon’s specifications for use in ALK surgery and can produce individualized edge profiles for use in PKP surgery.

For more information about research at the Iowa Lions Eye Bank please contact Greg Schmidt, Director of Tissue Processing & Research, BS, CEBT


Greg Schmidt processing a cornea for a DMEK procedure.

Kimberlee Burckart processing a cornea for a DSAEK procedure.

DMEK Tissue Preparation Video