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December 1953


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From the Eye-Bank and Research Laboratory, University of Buffalo School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1953;50(6):745-747. doi:10.1001/archopht.1953.00920030756010

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IN THE PAST four years, the scientific business concerned with the transportation of normal human eyes has taught us the observation of several precautions:

  1. The eye should be partly suspended in cold, sterile physiological solution in a moist chamber. The moist chamber together with normal movements of the fluid in the half-filled container will prevent drying of the corneal epithelium.

  2. The cornea should not be constantly immersed in the solution. This precaution minimizes any possible osmotic effect between the solution and the corneal epithelium.

  3. The eye should be fixed in a constant position without external pressure, thus avoiding any injury to the corneal epithelium or stroma.

  4. The sterile bottle which contains the eye should not be subjected to injury by immersion in unsterile melting ice.

  5. The eye should be refrigerated at as low a temperature as can readily be produced by melting ice, and the low temperature maintained for 24

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