DSAEK Corneal Tissue Preparation Basics

Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty continues to be 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 DSAEK and highlight various methods for preparing the tissue as well as the different materials and equipment that are used. The presentation includes videos of the procedure and discussion with the speakers about their experiences with DSAEK tissue preparation. 

Participants will learn:

• How DSAEK differs from other transplant options 
• The procedure for preparing tissue for DSAEK
• The regulations and standards that apply to DSAEK tissue preparation
• 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 session to learn more about DSAEK tissue preparation!
CEUs: 1 CEU will be awarded for this session

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.

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.  

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. 

Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT (Moderator)

President and CEO

Miracles in Sight

Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT, began a career in ocular transplantation in 1999 at the Lone Star Lions Eye Bank in Austin, Texas.  During her 13 years there, she performed all aspects of eye banking in her role as Technical Director. Ingrid accepted a position with North Carolina Eye Bank in 2013 as the Supervisor of Recovery Services. In 2016, she earned her MBA in leadership and was promoted to the Vice President of Donor Logistics after the acquisition of ocular recovery services in South Carolina.  Ingrid was responsible for the day-to-day logistical operations of the donor recovery process, hospital development, Medical Examiner and Coroner relationships in North and South Carolina. In 2020, Ingrid led the project for the acquisition of the Lone Star Eye Bank, now Miracles In Sight, Lone Star Division. In June of 2022, Ingrid was promoted to President & CEO of Miracles In Sight. 

Ingrid is an active member in the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and serves as chair of the Technician Education Committee, EBAA Medical Advisory Board and Certification Board.

Ingrid served in the United States Army, HHC, 2AD as the Commanding General’s Attendant. Prior to her career in eye banking, she taught high school Spanish and English.


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1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available