Eye exam (370).
(photo credit: Courtesy Rabin Medical Center)
Thirty people received corneas at the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in
July to restore or improve their sight – a record three times the monthly
The corneas came from deceased Israelis who had ADI organ donor
cards or whose close relatives had given their permission, or from
Prof. Irit Bechar, head of the cornea service at the Petah Tikva
hospital, said that the number of donations and operations was
“There is nothing better than to see patients who identify
their loved ones again and return to a daily routine with independence,” said
The hospital, which performs more organ transplants than any
other in the country, usually has about 10 cornea transplants a
Ophthalmology department head Prof. Dov Weinberger said that his
unit cooperates with cornea banks in the US and Canada, allowing Beilinson to
import corneas that are not needed elsewhere because of tissue type.
July, 10 corneas were brought to Petah Tikva from abroad in addition to 20 that
were donated in Israel, he added.
“This cooperation makes it possible to
restore the sight of many patients,” he said.
All 30 patients are in very
good condition and have reported that their vision is significantly better just
days after their surgery, the hospital said.