Tissue Eng Part A 2021 Jun 15. Epub 2021 Jun 15.
Singapore National Eye Centre, Cornea External Disease and Refractive, 11 Third Hospital Avenue, Level 8, Singapore, Singapore, 168751.
With the expected rise in patients undergoing refractive lenticule extraction worldwide, the amount of discarded corneal stromal lenticules will increase. Therefore, establishing a lenticule bank to collect, catalog, process, cryopreserve and distribute the lenticules (for future therapeutic needs) could be advantageous. Here, we validated the safety of lenticule banking, which involved the collection of human lenticules from our eye clinic, transportation of the lenticules to a Singapore Ministry of Health-licensed lenticule bank, processing and cryopreservation of the lenticules, which after 3 months or, a longer-term, 12 months, were retrieved and transported to our laboratory for implantation in rabbit corneas. Read More