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 Program Coordinator

Iowa Lions Eye Bank

Chelsea Green, CEBT, is the Processing Services Manager for Iowa Lions Eye Bank. Chelsea received a BA in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies as well as a BS in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois. 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 has been head of the processing department at Iowa Lions Eye Bank since 2018.

Chelsea is a member of the EBAA Technician Education Committee, the EBAA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, multiple DEI committees at the University of Iowa, and founded the DEI Committee at Iowa Lions Eye Bank.  

Paul Graves, CEBT, CTBS

Senior Vice President of Clinical Services

Advancing Sight Network

Paul Graves, CEBT, CTBS, was born and raised in Alabama. He joined Advancing Sight Network in July of 1997 as a Transplant Coordinator. Over the years, he has been involved in all aspects of clinical eye banking, from Laboratory Manager to Director of Laboratory Services. Today, as the Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, Paul oversees the clinical processing aspects of Advancing Sight Network, from performing tissue processing itself to developing new processing procedures to assist surgeons in the care of their patients. Paul is a Certified Eye Bank Technician and a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist. Paul currently serves on the EBAA Technician Education Committee.

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

Director, Tissue Processing


Nicholas Hicks, CEBT, is the Director of Tissue Processing at Eversight. He has been with Eversight for over 11 years, 9 of which have been focused on processing tissue. Nick currently serves on the EBAA Technician Education Committee. 

Registration Information

EBAA members receive complimentary registration to this session. Non-members may purchase this session for $50. To register and access the session, click on the registration button. 

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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
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