Understanding Eye Donations
As March is Lions Eye Donor Awareness Month, Lions are encouraged to recognize the importance of eye donations. Here, we’ll go over some Frequently Asked Questions about eye donations and corneal transplants to help you better understand how eye donations work.
Why should eyes be donated?
Corneal transplants depend on eye donations, as there is no substitute for real human tissue. Eye donations are also crucial to research and education.
Who can be an eye donor?
Anyone can be an eye donor, aside from people suffering from highly communicable diseases such as HIV or hepatitis, or suffering from infections. Age, eye color or eyesight do not matter.
What is a corneal transplant?
The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer that covers the front of the eye, and a corneal transplant involves replacing a scarred or diseased cornea with a new one. Only the cornea is transplanted.
How do eye donations help research and education?
Eye donations can help advance research on glaucoma, retinal disease, eye complications of diabetes and more. This research is critical to finding new treatments and cures.
What is an eye bank?
An eye bank is a nonprofit organization that recovers, evaluates, stores and distributes human eye tissue.
How can my Lions club become involved?
Lions Eye Banks are sponsored by a Lions club, district or multiple district, and have an established working relationship with a medical facility.
- Learn more about establishing a new Lions Eye Bank in your community.
- Invite a speaker from the eye bank to a club event to raise awareness.
- Organize a donor awareness event.
- Organize a fundraiser for your local eye bank.
Does your community have a local eye bank?