DMEK Corneal Tissue Preparation Basics

As corneal transplantation evolves, the methods for preparing corneal tissue evolve as well. Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty is becoming a preferred procedure for many surgeons and eye banks have risen to the challenge of preparing tissue for this procedure. Speakers discuss the basics of preparing corneal tissue for DMEK and highlight various methods for preparing the tissue as well as the different materials and equipment that are used. The presentation includes facilitated discussion with the speakers about their experiences with DMEK tissue preparation. 

Participants will learn:

  •  How DMEK differs from other transplant options 
  • The procedure for preparing tissue for DMEK
  • Various modifications and methods that are used based on surgeon preferences
  • The materials and equipment necessary
  • The importance of tissue evaluations post tissue processing 

Attend this webinar to learn more about the basics of preparing corneal tissue for DMEK!

 CEUs: 1

Chelsea Green, CEBT

Processing Services Manager

Iowa Lions Eye Bank

Chelsea Green, CEBT, is the Processing Services Manager for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. Chelsea received both a BA and BS with a focus in research from the University of Illinois Chicago. She came to the University of Iowa in 2011 to work in medical research and worked on multiple studies before finding her way into eye banking and earning her CEBT. She is currently overseeing the processing department at Iowa Lions Eye Bank.

Paul Graves, CEBT, CTBS

Senior Vice President of Clinical Services

Advancing Sight Network

Chris Conwell, CEBT, CQIA (ASQ)

Ocular Processing Supervisor

Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank

Chris Conwell, CEBT, CQIA (ASQ), is the Technical Programs Administrator for Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank. Starting with the organization back in 2011 as a per diem Tissue Recovery Technician, Chris now oversees ocular recovery training, corneal evaluation and processing training, and ocular related research & development.

Darrell Lee, CEBT

Laboratory & Processing Manager

Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio

Darrell Lee, CEBT, is a Laboratory & Processing Manager for Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio. He has worked for the eye bank for over 13 years, initially starting off as an eye tissue recovery technician. Darrell’s has BS in Chemistry and is a CEBT. Along with being a tissue coordinator, he is responsible for the processing of corneal tissue at LEBWCO. 

Alyson Ronan, CEBT

Lab Coordinator

Southern Eye Bank

Alyson Ronan, CEBT, is a Lab Coordinator at Southern Eye Bank. 

Nicholas Hicks

Manager, Tissue Processing


Nicholas Hicks is the Manager of Tissue Processing at Eversight. Nicholas' expertise is in preparing corneal tissue for transplant and his goal is making vision a reality.

Registration Information

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CEU Information

Attendees may earn 1 CEU for attending this session. Once an individual has attended the session and completed the evaluation, they will be awarded with 1 CEU. Individuals can view their CEUs on the EBAA Member Portal under Certification/CEUs.


DMEK Corneal Tissue Preparation Basics Webinar
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DMEK Corneal Tissue Preparation Basics Certificate
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available