Florida Lions Eye Bank changed its name to Beauty of Sight on September 1, 2023

Beauty of Sight Ocular Pathology Laboratory

Ocular Pathology Laboratory

Beauty of Sight Ocular Pathology Laboratory in Bascom Palmer Eye Institute operates solely to study ophthalmic pathology material. The laboratory receives tissue from surgeries performed at Bascom Palmer, other sites in Florida and the Southeast United States, and Central and South America. Over 2000 surgical specimens are processed yearly, including over 250 globes and various conjunctival, corneal, orbital, lid, and intraocular lesions.

Additionally, the archive of glass slides, consisting of over 50,000 cases, is available for examination, teaching, and research activities. Further, in suspected cases of abuse and trauma, eyes are evaluated by medical examiners.

The laboratory has access to immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, flow cytometry, and molecular diagnostic techniques.

All referred tissues are reviewed and processed entirely free of charge, a tradition that began when the the laboratory was founded in unique association with Beauty of Sight. For submission of tissue, referring physicians may call 305-326-6356.

The Work of the Pathology Laboratory

One of only fifteen such laboratories nationwide, the Bascom Palmer Ocular Pathology Lab is a comprehensive source of tissue evaluation, teaching, and learning. It is one of the busiest in the country and the only ocular pathology lab in South Florida.

In addition to tissue evaluation in the laboratory, the eye pathology department trains ophthalmology residents in ocular pathology. This gives residents a clear understanding of what they see in the clinic when they evaluate eye diseases and disorders on a microscopic level. When residents examine specimens from a patient’s eye, they may replicate a clinical examination to correlate laboratory observations with clinical observations.

Faculty members and physicians submit tissues and slides to the local community, and the surrounding region and elsewhere. The medical director and resident physicians process and evaluate These materials are in the laboratory, and a report can be promptly faxed or mailed to the clinician. In addition an on-site collection of more than 50,000 specimens, including glass slides and paraffin blocks, is used for research and teaching.