Thanks to media coverage, we’ve all heard about heart, liver and kidney transplants. The need for organs is great, but the list doesn’t stop there. Thousands of others are in need of corneal transplants to cure blindness.
The cornea is the clear covering over the front of the eye. Most people who need new corneas need them because of disease, an injury or an infection. In addition to transplants, we also provided eye tissue for research on glaucoma and other eye diseases.
With over 50,000 surgeries each year, corneal transplants are the most common type of transplants performed. We facilitated over 400 of them last year, restoring sight to men, women and children.
LifeShare has been recovering and distributing eye tissue to ophthalmologists throughout the region since 1984. We have expanded our reach to help restore sight to individuals throughout the United States and several foreign countries.
The LifeShare Eye Bank is accredited by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA). Like organ and tissue transplants, our ability to provide eye tissue depends on the generosity of donor families.