At Miracles In Sight, we provide many services related to the restoration of sight, including research and professional development, but our primary focus is recovering corneal tissue from those who chose to donate it—and then providing that tissue to ophthalmologists around the world for corneal transplant. One of the organizations we collaborate with is Operation Sight in our neighboring state of South Carolina. Operation Sight is, like us, a nonprofit organization. They provide free surgical care to uninsured South Carolina residents suffering from cataracts or urgent, sight threatening retinal disorders. Since they started in 2011, they have performed over 270 free surgeries.Read More
New Position to Help Change Future of Company and Eye Banking
(Winston-Salem, NC) – Miracles In Sight (MIS), one of the largest eye banks in the world is proud to announce it has promoted Isaac Perry to Director of Research and Development. Perry previously served as Director of Clinical Services at MIS.
In this newly created position, Perry is moving from the core, day-to-day operations of the eye bank to one that’s focused on the company’s future growth.
“I’ll be developing new products and services we can offer to both our current corneal surgeon partners and new customers,” Perry says. “The eye banking industry is maturing, and we are looking forward to ways we can contribute to advancement in our field.”
“Through Isaac’s role, MIS will be able to expand our services beyond traditional eye banking,” says Brenda Horn, Vice President of Business Development. “We can now look at products and services directed beyond the sole discipline of cornea that support our mission of restoration, preservation, and enhancement of sight through transplant, research and innovation – making it possible to help a wider base of patients who suffer from different sources of sight impairment.”
Perry is looking forward to using his extensive background in eye banking in this new position. He began at MIS more than eight years ago as a lab technician, working his way up to supervisor and management roles. He has a BS in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MBA from Wake Forest University, and has completed his core coursework for an Masters in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is also planning on taking the Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® prestigious Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam in the coming months.
“I’ve always been intrigued by abstract concepts and solving problems,” Perry says. “I’m excited to use a combination of my business and medical backgrounds to drive the future of MIS. Historically, we’ve provided a safe cornea for transplant. With a new Director of Research and Development role, we can move forward to find ways to help optimize patient and practice flow. That could reduce the number of trips required for a patient to go to various clinics. We also have the potential for new service offerings that may optimize post-operative outcomes. Additionally, our goal is to offer brand new products that are not available yet, with an emphasis being better patient care and cost savings.”
“We have accrued a wealth of knowledge in our more than half-century of experience at MIS,” Perry adds. “We’re now in a position to use that to collaborate with our doctors to improve cost, quality and access to healthcare for patients we serve in new and different ways.”
About Miracles In Sight
Miracles In Sight (formerly the North Carolina Eye Bank), based in Winston-Salem, NC, USA is one of the largest eye banks in the world. The mission of Miracles In Sight is support the restoration, preservation, and enhancement of sight through transplant, research, education and innovation. A significant part of this mission is stewardship focused on training and educating the medical community and supporting partners and organizations around the world.
A new procedure for corneal transplantation was performed successfully by doctors at Duke Eye Center last week.
Miracles In Sight, an eye bank-based in Winston-Salem, provided the ocular tissue for the surgery and prepared the graft for the transplant.
The procedure, called Pre-Descemet Endothelial Keratoplasty surgery, involves injecting an air bubble into a cornea that has been donated. The air bubble separates the cornea’s endothelium, descemet’s membrane, and the new Dua’s layer. Doing this creates a graft that is about 35 micrometers in thickness, according to the news release.
Everyone knows that the human eye is made up of distinct parts and regions—the cornea, the retina, the optic nerve, and so on. It is less commonly understood, says Daniel Saban, PhD, that funding for research and treatment of eye disorders tends to be similarly divided and compartmentalized.
That’s why a recent $500,000 gift from Miracles In Sight to Duke Eye Center to support early career faculty research into diseases and disorders of the cornea is so important. The support, Saban says, brings together two rare but critical resources: funding for corneal research and expert scientists with the knowledge and skills to make important advances.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Dec. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Miracles In Sight (MIS), one of the largest eye banks in the world headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, has announced that its global partner, Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH) in New Delhi, India, has received the prestigious and highly contested British Medical Journal (BMJ) Award South Asia 2016 in the category of “Quality Improvement Team of the Year” for their work on improving eye bank tissue utilization in India. While the average utilization rate of corneal eye tissue in India is between 40 – 45 percent, the SCEH Eye Bank has maintained a utilization rate of 67 percent since 2012 by improving the quality of transplantable tissues through enhanced quality assurance initiatives.
Did you know that the second-largest eye bank in the world is in Winston-Salem? Did you also know that the largest non-profit eye bank in the world is in Winston-Salem? Miracles In Sight holds both those distinctions. Here, in Winston-Salem, an area known for its commitment to the arts, is an organization dedicated to helping restore sight to so many in the world…and as a result, allowing them to enjoy the beauty and art in the world around them. As Dean Vavra, President and CEO of Miracles In Sight shared, “Mayor Allen Joines calls Winston-Salem a city of vision.” It truly is just that.