Over 2 million corneal transplants have been performed by EBAA member eye banks.
Recipients range from newborns to senior citizens and come from all walks of life. You can transform the life of someone suffering from corneal blindness; register as an eye, organ and tissue donor, and let someone see life through your eyes.
Giving another human being the opportunity to see the wonders of the world was something Tefa would have done without hesitation. Her happiness, peace, and serenity demonstrated that she appreciated every aspect, moment, person, and visual in her life.
My family was not aware that he had registered to become a donor. It wasn’t a great surprise though because that’s the kind of person he was: loving, caring, respectful, gracious and giving.
Dr. Maisha Gray Diggs suffered from a progressive eye disease that caused her vision to be blurry and distorted, making daily tasks very difficult. She became legally blind at the age of 26, but her vision was restored thanks to a double-corneal transplant.
“Vision was a gift from two people, and I needed to do something with it,” he said, explaining that the two organ donors who provided his corneas inspired him to start reclaiming his former active lifestyle.
Thanks to a generous donor, Colton received a sight-restoring cornea transplant. Today, he isn’t scared to do any of the things he loves, like swimming and riding four-wheelers with his cousins or playing quarterback with his brothers during football.
The Donation Process
The process of cornea donation starts with an individual’s decision to be an eye, tissue, and organ donor, or a family’s consent to donation, and then results in a cornea transplant for a patient suffering from corneal blindness.
What is an eye bank?
Eye banks restore sight and change lives in their local communities and around the world by facilitating donation and providing ocular tissue for transplant, research and education.
Share your story
EBAA is collecting stories to help fill our Eye Donation Month campaign in November and beyond with from-the-field stories. Share what it means to be involved with or impacted by eye donation and restoring sight!