Facts & Statistics

85,411
Number of corneas provided for transplant in 2018

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68,102
U.S. donors of ocular tissue in 2018

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95+%
Success rate of cornea transplants

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$6.0B
Lifetime economic benefit of cornea transplants performed in 2018

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A heart-warming story out of South Africa. Another testament to the #giftofsight, and how important it is to register as a donor. Help #restoresight worldwide by registering at: bit.ly/2kOJTcYOur Corneal Transplant Support Group member Deryck Coetzer of South Africa share this message with us in our private group. Deryck now has good vision from a recent transplant.

He states "It is probably due to Lions Eye Banks that I have regained my vision. I have had many cornea transplants and quite a number of them have been imported from the USA, as corneas are very hard to come by in my country. I am very grateful for the amazing work you are doing."

"Never lose hope. We never know when things can turn around for the better. Many of us have had to give things up due to our failing eyesight. Who knows what the future holds. Never lose hope."

When I retired from my engineering job in 2014, I built a photographic studio with the intention of pursuing a full time photography career. At the time, I had fairly good eye sight in one of my eyes and that was good enough for me. Unfortunately things changed far too soon and by mid-2018 my eyesight in both my eyes had deteriorated to the extent that I couldn't accept any more assignments.

Since my transplant in September 2019 things have slowly improved and yesterday an opportunity came up to do a shoot for a couple with a new-born. It was daunting after such a long time, but things worked out very well and I managed to get some beautiful shots to gift to them.
I don't give up easily, and I am delighted that I have another shot at my photography. The picture below is one from yesterday’s shoot.

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