2021 Eye Donation Month EBAA
It commemorates the selfless individuals who donated the gift of sight to others, and recipients whose lives have been transformed thanks to this generosity. Although ‘harvesting’ and ‘procurement’ have been used in the past, they are now regarded as unsuitable, harsh, and possibly inaccurate terms. When an organ/tissue donor passes away, the donor’s next of kin or a donor registry is contacted to get authorization for donation. The donor’s eyes are then recovered by a recovery technician who is dispatched to the hospital, funeral home, or medical examiner’s office. The entire region of the eye, known as the ‘globe’ can be surgically removed, or simply the cornea can be excised in-situ and stored. In eye banking, several storage media are used such as commercial preparations and organ culture media.
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EYE DONATION MONTH
The cornea actually bulges outward, causing blurry vision and makes it very difficult to fit the patient for corrective contact lenses or even glasses. Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy is a condition in which the “pumper cells” that line the endothelium begin to deteriorate and aren’t as effective at pumping liquid from the cells. This excess fluid in the cornea causes swelling, which leads to cloudy and blurry vision.
- The theme of this year’s Eye Donation Month is "A Community of Compassion," and the month-long observance highlights stories of donors, recipients and all those who make the gift of sight possible.
- Find and share links to the donor registry in your state at eversightvision.org/join.
- National Eye Donor Month celebrates the work of those in the E.B.A.A. and everyone else that makes giving the gift of sight possible.
- Sponsored by Bausch + Lomb, EBAA is once again hosting their annual Run for Vision virtually from your home any time in November.
Share this suite of three graphics in e-newsletters and on social media all month long to boost new organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations and spread the word about giving the selfless gift of sight. Please consider giving the gift of sight by registering as an eye, organ or tissue donor. This selfless act will no doubt have a monumental impact on someone’s quality of vision (and life!). As a global leader in the field of eye banking, Eversight enables donors and their families to give the gift of sight and takes great pride in being responsible stewards of the gifts entrusted to us. We invite you to learn more about our mission, vision and culture.
Take the time to learn about eye donation and the way it can have an impact on someone’s life. The E.B.A.A. has a resource bank with information and material to learn more. Help us spread the life-saving and life-healing message of organ, eye and tissue donation! Visit our Get Involved page to learn more about volunteering with Donate Life Arizona. Eye donation refers only to the cornea (the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye) which is replaced during a 45-minute transplant procedure, restoring sight for those with cornea-related blindness.
This sparked a long period of research and development in the corneal transplantation area, resulting in the creation of novel procedures. During its existence, Zirm’s eye bank served over 47,000 patients. This year’s national campaign theme, “A Community of Compassion,” highlighted the many people working together in various roles, driven by collective passion to #restoresight. All month long we highlighted recipients, donors and their families, volunteers, staff members, eye bank professionals and surgeons—all part of our Community of Compassion.
This November is Eye Donation Month!
For everyone involved in the process of eye donation and transplantation — from the patients, surgeons, and families to the researchers and other practitioners — it is not an easy process to be a part of. Many people have had life-changing experiences thanks to eye donation and have shared their stories online. Read about these incredible stories and share them to raise awareness. We have six corneal surgeons at Minnesota Eye Consultants who perform cornea transplants on a regular basis, bringing vision back to those in need. In fact, our surgeons perform more corneal transplants than any other group in Minnesota, including the academic institutions.
The cornea is the transparent front part of your eye, covering the iris and pupil . The cornea is often compared to the windshield of a car, as it’s the barrier between the inside of the eye and the outside world. Images enter your eye as light, then are transmitted and sent to your brain for processing. Help us tailor your Eversight experience by subscribing to information that is meaningful to you.
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Partner with Eversight today to advance your promising eye and vision research through tissue provision, R&D services, grant opportunities and more. Access information for professional partners about making the most of life through organ, eye and tissue donation. The entire eye can be used for research and education, potentially helping untold thousands of people regain their sight as researchers develop new understanding of the causes of, and cures for, eye conditions that lead to blindness. “By donating or pledging eyes, givers help the blind regain their sight, and the ability to manage their lives individually and see their loved ones and their surroundings,” he says. Paul Aldrich, who works with Julie as a supervisor in the DSC, shared a similar perspective. “I enjoy talking to families and receiving phone calls from grateful recipients.
The campaign demonstrates the “power” that individuals have in building hope, restoring sight and changing lives. This includes healthcare professionals and partners, researchers, eye bank staff, corneal surgeons, and recipients and donor families. EBAA-member eye banks are nonprofit organizations that obtain, medically evaluate and distribute corneas donated by caring individuals for use in corneal transplantation, research, and education. /PRNewswire/ –November is Eye Donation Month, a time when the Eye Bank Association of America and its member eye banks raise awareness about life-changing opportunities created through eye donation. Since 1961, U.S. eye banks have provided corneas for over 2 million sight-restoring transplants. Eye Donation Month is an annual event held each November to raise awareness about cornea donation and transplantation.
Check out the latest business, events and grant funding news from Eversight. "The people here admire her and I think they have a strong affinity with her." The Queen’s representative in Wales, Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Captain Norman Lloyd-Edwards, declined to speculate on the matter. In hindsight, the Queen apparently believes she acted wrongly by despatching husband Prince Phillip and Lord Snowdon to the mining village when the news broke – waiting a week to pay her respects.
Corneal transplants are one of the most frequently performed human transplant procedures. The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer; a clear dome-shaped tissue that covers the front of the eye. Diseases and injuries of the cornea cause clouding and scarring which blocks light from entering the eye and diminishes vision. 2,514 eye tissues were used in sight-restorative transplants and reconstruction.