The Foundation operates one of the leading Eye Banks in the country. The Idaho Lions Eye Bank obtains, medically evaluates and distributes corneal eye tissue from humanitarian individuals who donate their eyes when they pass away. The Idaho Lions Eye Bank places tissue for transplant throughout Idaho, the United States and the world. Yearly, close to 300 people afflicted with blindness are given the gift of sight, Since 1969 we have provided the gift of sight over 5,000 times thanks to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, the Eye Bank and caring Idahoans.
Questions and Answers About Eye
Donation and Transplantation
What is an Eye Bank?
The Idaho Lions Eye Bank is a nonprofit organization that obtains, medically evaluates and distributes eyes that are donated by humanitarian individuals for use in corneal transplantation, research and education.
What is a corneal transplant?
It is a surgical procedure that replaces the clear surface at the front of the eye, (cornea), with that of a donor cornea. The cornea is the main focusing element of the eye. Vision is dramatically reduced if the cornea becomes irregularly shaped or cloudy, due to disease, injury or infection.
Will eye donation effect the appearance of the donor?
No. Great care is taken to preserve the appearance of the donor. Funeral viewing, if desired, will not be compromised by the gift of eye donation.
Is there any delay in funeral arrangements?
No. Eye recovery is performed within six hours after death. Families are able to proceed with arrangements without delays or interruption.
Is there any fee charged to the donor family?
No. All costs associated with you eye donation are absorbed by the eye bank.
How soon after the donation will the cornea be transplanted?
Transplantation takes place within two to seven days after donation.
How prevalent is corneal transplantation?
An estimated 47,000 transplants were performed in North America last year. Currently more than 6,000 people are awaiting corneal transplants in the U.S. Over 98% of all corneal transplants successfully restore the recipient's vision.
What happens if the corneas are not suitable for transplantat?
Corneas determined to be unsuitable for transplantation may be used for research, education and advancing treatments and technology in the field of ophthalmology.
Every year thousands of corneal transplants are performed across the country, restoring precious sight to young and old alike, thanks to caring people who are part of our donor program. You do not need good vision to donate.
Visit www.yesidaho.org to register as a donor in Idaho!
Idaho Donor Registry Brochure
2014 EBAA Accreditation
2015 CA License
2015 FDA Registration