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October 1982

Microbial Contamination of Donor Eyes: A Retrospective Study

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Dr Pardos); and New York Eye Bank for Sight Restoration Inc (Dr Pardos and Ms Gallagher), New York. Dr Pardos is now with the Denver Clinic.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(10):1611-1613. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030040589006

• The culture results of 4,167 donor eyes received over a two-year period are evaluated. Irrigation of the cornea and conjunctiva with 20 mL of sterile saline prior to enucleation decreased the incidence of bacterial contamination to 12.4%. The major contaminant is Staphylococcus epidermidis (66.4%). The incidence of endophthalmitis in the 1,880 corneal transplants performed during this time was 0.1%. The significance of irrigation and antibiotic use in processing donor corneas is discussed.

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