Our organization is the only one of its kind, combining an ocular research center with the largest eye bank in the world. Our eye bank provides eye tissue for research and transplantation to ophthalmic specialists and surgeons nationwide. Because every second counts from donor to lab, we’ve successfully created a new model that reduces precious time previously lost, thus dramatically improving advancements in ocular research.
The Lions Eye Institute is a member of Vision Share – a not-for-profit consortium of eye banks cooperating to provide mutually beneficial support services to its members. Vision Share acts as the link between patients in need of sight restoration and ophthalmologists performing corneal transplants. Vision Share is a leader in the eye banking community in promoting the highest achievable standards of eye donor tissue quality and donor screening for the benefit of recipients and operates a cooperative, enhanced and efficient tissue distribution system for all of its users.