Specular microscope program
In addition to overseeing the supply of eye tissues, Héma-Québec provides material resources and a regulatory framework. On their end, the eye banks provide the technical and scientific expertise. Historically, approximately 11% of corneas have been rejected for transplant by reason of endothelial abnormalities. With the old microscopes, it was impossible to see every part of the cornea and make out the difference between a hole and a true endothelial abnormality. In case of doubt, even if the reason is lack of information, corneas are rejected.
The new specular microscopes increase the ability to see and evaluate corneas prior to transplant and provide more information to eye bank technicians. There is reason to believe that this new generation of specular microscope could reduce the number of corneas rejected for endothelial abnormalities by as much as half. With extra help from the Héma-Québec Foundation, a total of $110,000 was raised thanks to seven partners: Lions Club International, Lions CLub of Laval, Lions Club of Terrebonne and the Lions Club Foundation, which funded 80% of the total amount. The remaining 20% was funded by the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Foundation, the Fondation du CHU de Québec and the Héma-Québec Foundation.
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