Eye Donation Month – Coming November 2018
Check back soon for new graphics and other resources
Since it was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, EBAA has used the month of March as an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of registering to be a donor, about cornea donation and transplantation, and to acknowledge the important work of our member eye banks.
Building on many decades of evolution, technological developments, and other changes in eye banking, the EBAA Board of Directors has approved moving the commemoration from March to November and changing its name to Eye Donation Month.
Changing the name preserves the history of the observance while encompassing the work of our international member eye banks, who along with member eye banks in the U.S., facilitated 87,110 transplants in 2016. Shifting the commemoration to November allows its impact to be reinforced by the National Donor Sabbath observance and the season thankfulness associated with the months of November and December.
In the coming months, please watch for new branding and graphics for this year’s commemoration. We will be providing new materials and resources that will be accessible online once they are available.
NATIONAL EYE DONOR MONTH LOGOS AND BANNERS
- National Proclamation – Read by Representative Nydia Velazquez (D – NY 7th District)
- Governor Proclamation Request Letter
- State and/or City Proclamation Submission Form
- Frequently Asked Questions
- History of Corneal Transplantation, Eye Banking and EBAA
- Understanding Corneal Blindness Handout
- Fast Facts
- Corneal Blindness Glasses
EBAA also uses Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about the effects of eye donation and cornea transplantation. In addition to the visual and educational tools, EBAA offers a public service announcement by request featuring John Green, father of 2011 Tucson shooting victim, Christina-Taylor Green. As a result of Mr. and Mrs. Green’s selfless decision to donate Christina-Taylor’s corneas, sight was restored to two young children.
“THROUGH MY EYES” CONTEST!
EBAA established the “Through My Eyes” contest to give cornea recipients and donor family members the chance to share their experience of receiving sight or giving sight through their loved one using drawings, photographs, or videos. Click here for details on this year’s contest.
Please contact Yolanda Raine with any questions.