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Richard G. Lembach, M.D., Eye Banking Education, Research
& Development Fund

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Donor eyes help glaucoma patients. The Lions Eye Bank has added to the many ways in which donated eyes can help improve the lives of others. We are now preparing a new type of graft that promotes healing after glaucoma filtering surgeries. These grafts provide a medically preferable approach to “patching” the area from which excess fluid is surgically drained.


 

Donating Your Eyes

Aaliya - drawing by donor mom

COLOR MY WORLD

--- Drawn by Aaliya Belvo, whose daughter Tammy became an eye donor at the age of 14, following a tragic auto accident

“The Eye Bank (Eye Donor Memorial) emblem is in the center of the colored flower. It represents the gift of sight.  Everything is colorless and dark but when you give the gift of donating your eyes, color comes into a world where once there was none....even for the donor family.”

How can I become an eye donor?

In Ohio, an individual can enter his/her name in the Donor Registry at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. (Located under BMV Online Services)

Recent state laws now confirm that registered donors have consented to donation and that no additional consent from the next-of-kin must be documented at the time of the registered donor's death. Completion of the Registry Form creates a legal record of your consent to be a donor of anatomical gifts.

You may choose to donate any body parts that could help others, or indicate specific parts (eyes, heart, kidneys, for example) that you will donate upon your death. You may specify whether you want to donate for any purpose authorized by law, for transplantation, research, medical education, and/or therapy. You may even complete this form to indicate that you do not want to be a donor. Whatever you decide, it is important to tell your family. They will be asked to make the decision if you are not in the Ohio Donor Registry.

Who can be an eye donor?

More people are eligible to be eye donors than to donate any other body parts. Eyes can be donated regardless of the donor's age or whether or not he/she wore glasses or contact lenses. This is because donor eyes are needed for eye research and medical education as well as for corneal transplants and other eye surgeries. When eyes are donated, they must be very carefully evaluated, along with the medical history of the donor, to determine whether the corneas can be transplanted. Even if the corneas can not be transplanted, an eye donor can make an important contribution to the advancement of eye care.