The continuing and often unfulfilled need for eyes enucleated post mortem to be used as donors for anterior segment transplantation is a familiar problem to those involved in eye care. A similar but less publicized need exists to use this valuable "normal" material for basic research and also to recover for scientific study those eyes that have been found clinically to have investigatively interesting lesions, especially when the disease has an obscure pathogenesis and the eye has been extensively studied clinically.1 In an effort to deal effectively with all aspects of these important problems, a donor eye program has been established at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. Although this program has begun only recently, we hope national interest will be sufficient to establish a network of centers to interact with each other and with existing eye banks, at least during the critically important retrieval process.
Prospective donors can
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