We take great pride in educating communities about the value of ocular research and position ourselves as a source of the latest information regarding vision and blinding eye diseases. By 2020 the number of blind and visually impaired people worldwide will be 76 million. Our staff are expert at what they do and are always ready to assist you with any questions regarding ocular disease, research and transplantation.
We’ve compiled a list of contacts and websites containing more information relevant to corneal transplants and ocular health. These organizations help promote and support organ donation through community and nationwide educational programs and initiatives.
A not-for-profit organization of eye banks dedicated to the restoration of sight through the promotion and advancement of eye banking. Visit their website at www.restoresight.org or their Facebook Page.
The largest national membership association of ophthalmologists and medical doctors who provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. More than 90 percent of practicing U.S. eye MDs are Academy members, and the Academy has more than 7,000 international members. www.aao.org/aao
Donate Life Florida is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization contracted by the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration to create the state’s organ, tissue and eye donor registry. Donate Life Florida is dedicated to motivating Floridians to designate themselves as organ, tissue and eye donors, so lives are saved and enhanced through donation and transplantation. www.donatelifeflorida.org
Since 1917, Lions Clubs have offered people the opportunity to give something back to their communities. From involving members in projects as local as cleaning up an area park or as far reaching as bringing sight to the world’s blind, Lions Clubs have always embraced those committed to building a future for their community. Find a club near you or watch the journey of a donated pair of eyeglasses. www.lionsclubs.org
If you or someone you know is going to have a corneal transplant and has questions concerning his or her surgery, the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research will put you in touch with a corneal recipient who has firsthand knowledge of your condition and what it is like to have transplant surgery.
Saving Sight Worldwide: Best known for the DC-10 flying eye hospital, ORBIS, Saving Sight Worldwide delivers eye care and blindness prevention resources all over the world. www.orbis.org
Visit the official U.S. government website for organ donation. www.organdonor.gov
The mission is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, combating the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. www.hki.org
Located in Richmond, Va., the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that administers the nation’s only Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), established by the U.S. Congress in 1984. Data is updated daily regarding transplant waiting lists and donors. UNOS facilitates the organ-matching and placement process using UNOS-developed data technology and brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families to develop organ transplantation policy. www.unos.org
Take a transplant journey and experience the real-life stories of donor families and organ and tissue transplant recipients, explore the interactive body, and learn about brain death and how organ and tissue donation restore lives. Take advantage of educator resources to use Gift of a Lifetime in a classroom, or join a unique professional development opportunity. www.organtransplants.org
“Gift of Life” is a six-part series that guides viewers through the unprecedented journey of organ donation. Click the link below to learn more about the show or to listen to audio stories from living donors, donation coordinators and recipients about how donation changed their lives. http://health.discovery.com/convergence/giftoflife/giftoflife.html