There are a multitude of opportunities available to help find a cure for blindness that go beyond being an eye donor. From a monetary donation to volunteer opportunities, public education or attending events, the Lions Eye Institute welcomes your generosity to help continually provide sight-saving and life-enhancing programs locally and globally for the visually impaired. (Learn more about what we are doing on our Foundation page.)
As steadfast advocates for the visually impaired, we are always inspired to both learn and teach through collaborations with generous partners and members of our community. Take an active role in finding the cure for blindness. The Lions Eye Institute hosts and is involved in events all year long that welcome your participation to make a difference in the life of someone who is visually impaired.
Learn more about our upcoming events and know that together we can share our knowledge, impact lives and make significant progress for our cause.
Only a human donor cornea can alleviate another person’s corneal blindness. And the only method of restoring sight is for people like you to give the ultimate gift and become a donor.
Tell your next of kin. Talk to your family or guardian about donation, and make sure they know your wishes. You have the ability to change the quality of someone’s life forever. Visit donatelifeflorida.org.
The great thing about corneal tissue is that everyone is a universal donor. Your blood type does not have to match. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what color your eyes are or how good your eyesight is. Aside from those suffering from infections or a few highly communicable diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis, most people are suitable donors. More than 90 percent of cornea transplant operations are successful, and since 1961 more than 600,000 cornea transplants have been performed, restoring sight to men, women and children, from newborns who are just days old to people more than 100 years of age.
Although more than 46,000 cornea transplants were performed in North America last year, the need for corneal tissue is never satisfied. To date, the use of artificial tissue for transplantation has been unsuccessful.