Since 1961, more than 1.5 million men, women, and children worldwide have had their sight restored through corneal transplantation. This happens when a generous donor and donor family say yes to eye donation. The Utah Lions Eye Bank is also committed to providing eyes for research to ensure a better future for all.
But there are still 10 million people and counting worldwide who need corneal transplants, and potentially countless more who would benefit from future research.
Who Can Donate?
Aside from people suffering from infection or a few highly communicable diseases like HIV and hepatitis, most people can be a donor.
Facts About Cornea Donation
- Over 95% of corneal transplant surgeries successfully restore the recipient’s vision.
- The first cornea transplant was performed in 1905.
- More than 700,000 cornea transplants have been performed in the U.S. over the last 40 years.
- Most major religions support eye, organ, and tissue donation.
- The eye bank that places the corneal tissue—or surgically implants the tissue in the recipient—
- pays for any costs to recover and prepare the cornea.
- Eye donation will not affect a loved one's appearance or delay funeral plans.
- To become an organ, eye, or tissue donor through the Donate Life registry, please click here.
The choice to donate tissue is selfless. There are few gifts greater than the gift of sight.
Learn more about the donation process.