Medicine: Expanding Eye Bank

Some 10,000 to 15,000 of the nation's 250,000 blind might see again, if their foggy corneas could be replaced by clear ones. To get clear corneas, the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration was .formed last spring (TIME, April 23) and now has 50 member hospitals in nine states.

The corneal operation is "a relatively simple procedure," according to Manhattan Ophthalmologist R. Townley Paton, one of the bank's founders. Chief requirements are a skilled surgeon and good eye material to work with. One eye will restore sight to three others because all the corneal tissue can be used (the cornea covers the whole...

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