About Us - International Programs
Meeting a Global NeedIn many regions of the world, corneal blindness is a health problem of epidemic proportions. According to the World Health Organization, nearly ten million people around the world live every day in darkness, suffering from corneal blindness. Millions more struggle with visual impairment caused by corneal conditions.
Eye and tissue banking systems do not exist in many parts of the world. While tissue transplants can be conducted with relatively little waiting period in the U.S., people in medically underserved countries may wait a lifetime for tissue to be available. TBI’s international programs help meet this vast need.
TBI’s International Federation of Eye & Tissue BanksTBI’s International Federation of Eye & Tissue Banks (IFETB) is a membership network of eye and tissue banks in more than 20 countries. IFETB’s mission is assist individuals, groups, and governments in developing national eye and tissue banking programs that service their citizenries and help increase the quality of life for their people and the people of the world.
Operation Eye RescueOperation Eye Rescue provides corneas for transplant at no cost to the recipient. TBI identifies surgeons and clinics that are willing to waive operating fees and generous benefactors help TBI underwrite the cost of the corneal tissue.
Through Operation Eye Rescue, people in desperate need of sight-saving surgery – people who otherwise would have no hope of emerging from blindness – have their sight restored.