The history of the Dnipropetrovsk department of the State Enterprise "Bioimplant" MHC of Ukraine "on manufacturing corneal grafts
Opening of the Dnipropetrovsk department of the State Enterprise "Bioimplant" MHC of Ukraine "on manufacturing corneal grafts is an event that has no analogues in Ukraine – the first and only department in the country, where are made corneal grafts of donor corneas for keratoplasty operations. Creation ofthe Dnipropetrovsk department of the State Enterprise "Bioimplant" MHC of Ukraine "on manufacturing corneal grafts on the basis of the Dnepropetrovsk Regional Clinical Ophthalmological Hospital “DOKOL" has been made possible thanks to the active support of the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Council, the staff of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration and the Department of the HealthCare Regional State Administration.
When creating the Dnipropetrovsk department of State Enterprise "Bioimplant" MHC of Ukraine"
on manufacturing corneal grafts was forged an active cooperation between Fondazione Banca degli Occhi (Corneal Transplant Center of the Veneto e Friuli – Venezia – Giulia district), State Enterprise" Bioimplant" MHC of Ukraine" and Charitable Foundation "Ukraine’s Health".
The purpose of creating the Dnipropetrovsk department of the Ministry of The HealthCare of the State Enterprise "Bioimplant" MHC of Ukraine "on manufacturing corneal grafts:
- to improve the quality of life of people suffering from diseases of the cornea and those who need keratoplasty;
- reception, selection and processing of donor eye tissue for the purpose of manufacturing the cornea specimen used in keratoplasty;
- to provide specialized ophthalmological centers, hospitals, and Research Institutes of Ukraine with corneal specimen for keratoplasty;
- promotion of the culture of corneal donation.
The social significance of the treatment of ophthalmic patients using keratoplasty in Ukraine
One of the highest achievements of Ukrainian ophthalmology, today, is a keratoplasty operation, which is carried out on the basis of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Clinical Ophthalmological Hospital “DOKOL”, as well as in the Kharkiv City Clinical Hospital № 14 named after prof. L.L. Hirschman, in the Kyiv City Clinical Ophthalmological Hospital "Center of Eye Microsurgery" and in SI "Institute of Eye Diseases and Tissue Therapy named after V.P. Filatov NAMS of Ukraine ".
A large number of factors can lead the patient to need for corneal specimen implantation operation – keratoplasty. These factors can be mechanical damage of the cornea – injuries, cuts, burns, as well as hereditary and congenital diseases, infections, dystrophy of the corneal structure, keratoconus and other eye diseases.
Severe damage of the cornea lead to full or partial loss of vision, cause permanent disability and disability retirement of people of working age.
Not less than 40% of the cornea diseases lead to corneal walleye. Worldwide, about 40 million people need keratoplasty annually.
In Ukraine the need for keratoplasty is about 12 000 – 15 000 operations per year. Every year this rate is increased approximately by 1,5 thousand. The emergence of the latest domestic production technology of the corneal grafts developed jointly by the SE "Bioimplant" and LLC "Euro Service Ukraine", which meets all the overseas standards and requirements enables our qualified ophthalmologists to solve the problem of severe corneal pathologies on a qualitatively new level, and timely conduct high-tech surgeries in public hospitals, with a following prospect of providing specialized ophthalmological centers, hospitals, and research institutes of Ukraine with medication for corneal keratoplasty.
Dnipropetrovsk department of the State Enterprise "Bioimplant" MHC of Ukraine" on manufacturing corneal grafts ensures the development of standard operating procedures in accordance with international standards; selection and testing of potential cornea donors; sampling and initial preservation of the corneal specimen; monitoring the equipment performance and strict compliance with the approved quality system; providing the department with qualified personnel; manufacturing corneal grafts of donor cornea; corneal grafts storage and provision of the medical institutions of Ukraine.
The method of penetrating or lamellar keratoplasty using a corneal graft allows to provide Ukrainian patients with help in case of a damaged cornea, to return them the vision and working performance.