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Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2014 Apr;37(2):111-5. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2013.08.155. Epub 2013 Sep 22.

A preliminary descriptive analysis of Corneal Transplant Registry of National Eye Bank in India.

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Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
Department of Biostatistics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. Electronic address:



To describe and analyze the Corneal Transplant Registry of National Eye Bank and also evaluate graft outcomes in India.


All patients who underwent corneal transplant at our center within six months of setting up of Corneal Transplant Registry and installation of database at National Eye Bank were included in the study. The established database was analyzed for utilization, donor and recipient details and graft outcomes. Outcome was assessed at the end of one year follow up. The influence of various donor and recipient factors affecting outcome were evaluated. Visual outcome was analyzed in terms of shift in visual handicap category. Statistical tests like analysis of variance, Kruskal-Wallis test and Chi square tests were applied for determination of clinical significance wherever required.


326 corneas were received from 168 donors; of these, 234 (71.7%) were utilized for transplantation. Out of 177 patients with adequate (one year) follow up (75.6% patients), optical corneal replacement was performed in106 patients and therapeutic keratoplasty in71. 78% (82/106) patients in the optical group retained clear grafts at the end of follow up. 59.7% (49 of 82) of patients who attained clear grafts belonged to visual disability category 3 or worse pre-operatively. 59.1% of these achieved BCVA of ≥6/60 at the end of follow up; thus shifting up their visual handicap category. Primary graft failure was found to be associated with full thickness keratoplasty and not with lamellar procedures (p<0.05) and occurred in 4.2% patients (5) with optical corneal replacement whereas 7.5% patients (8) developed secondary graft failure. Age of donor (p=0.54), death enucleation time (p>0.05), cause of donor death (p=0.15), type of surgical procedures (p=0.538) and indication for surgery did not have any significant effect on outcome. 76% patients who underwent therapeutic graft achieved elimination of corneal infection.


The development of corneal graft registry established an effective means to evaluate our corneal transplantation services. Outcomes of sight restoring corneal transplants performed were comparable to results of graft registries from developed nations.


Corneal transplantation; Eye Bank; Graft registry

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