University of Louisville Magazine

SUMMER 2017

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H A P P E N I N G H E R E S U M M E R 2 0 1 7 U o f L M A G A Z I N E | 1 9 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT LOUISVILLE AND LEXINGTON EYE BANKS MERGE IN LOUISVILLE On January 1, the Kentucky Lions Eye Bank in Louisville and the Lexington Lions Eye Bank merged into a single eye bank serving all of Kentucky and portions of West Virginia. The unified Kentucky Lions Eye Bank, supported by the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation, serves the same geographical area as Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA). This alignment will coordinate corneal donation with organ and tissue donation statewide. Previously, the Louisville Lions Eye Bank, affiliated with UofL, served the western part of the state and the Eye Bank of Lexington, affiliated with the University of Kentucky, served eastern Kentucky and parts of West Virginia. Over the next five years, the laboratories at UofL and UK will be centralized in Louisville. "The merged eye bank should provide the resources for the state to be a national provider of donor ocular tissue to restore sight and to assist in research of blinding diseases," said Henry J. Kaplan, MD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UofL. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Surplus medical equipment from UofL gets a second life in Ghana To provide the best care for patients and the best training for physicians, the UofL Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and UofL Physicians Eye Specialists regularly upgrade diagnostic and other equipment. Several of the displaced items have been put to use more than 5,000 miles away to improve care for patients in Ghana. Friends Eye Center in Tamale, Ghana, directed by Seth Wanye, MD, provides vision care for nearly 3 million residents of the West African nation and serves as a train- ing site for future ophthalmologists. "Most of the equipment they had was non-functional. The equip- ment we gave them we no longer use because of the acquisition of more technologically advanced diagnostic devices," said Henry J. Kaplan, MD, chair of the UofL Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. "Many of the people there have totally lost their eyesight and are dependent on their relatives and other support structures, which presents an enormous economic burden." Wanye's work in restoring vision has enabled adults to regain their independence and children to go back to school. He is grateful for the donated equipment. "It was like a dream come true," Wanye said. "It helps me perform thorough examinations of the eye. They will help us deliver more quality service to our people." A surplus auto refractor, donated by the UofL School of Medicine, is used to determine a patient's proper eyeglass prescription in Tamale, Ghana. The Kentucky Lions Eye Center in Louisville.

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