Donating the gift of sight is a life-changing decision that touches many people’s lives. It’s normal to have questions or be nervous about cornea donation.

Below are some of the most common questions about cornea donation. You can also contact us if you would like more information.

Who Can Be a Cornea & Eye Donor?

Almost anyone. The great thing about corneal tissue is that every person is a universal donor. Your blood type does not have to match the recipient’s. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what color your eyes are, or how good your eyesight is. Many people can also donate their eye tissue for research.

Aside from people suffering from a few highly communicable diseases like HIV for hepatitis, most people can be donors.

I Can Barely See. Can I Donate?

In most cases, yes. To perform transplant surgery, surgeons only need your cornea. Even if you have poor eyesight, your cornea can still improve the recipient’s sight.

A donor can also donate eye tissue for research, which can potentially help millions in future generations to see better.

Does Cornea Donation Cost Money for the Donor Family?

The eye bank placing the eye tissue will pay for any costs associated with recovering and preparing the cornea. Donor families should never be responsible for eye donation costs. If you have any further questions please contact us.

Will Cornea & Eye Donation Delay Funeral Arrangements?

No. Utah Lions Eye Bank specialists perform eye tissue recovery within 24 hours of death. Families may proceed with funeral arrangements without delay or interruption.

Does My Religion Approve?

Most religions support eye donation and understand that donation is an opportunity to help save or restore someone’s sight.

If I Register To Be a Donor, Should I Still Tell My Family My Wishes?

Yes. The Utah Lions Eye Bank speaks with your family to discuss donation, so it is very important to share your wishes with your family.

I Have Had Lasik or Cataract Surgery. Can I Still Be a Donor?

Yes. Having either of these surgeries does not disqualify you from being a donor.