National Eye Donor Month: Celebrating the Gift of Sight!
For 34 years, the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and its member eye banks have utilized National Eye Donor Month to raise eye donation awareness, honor donors, and their families and celebrate cornea recipients. The invaluable efforts of eye banks and corneal surgeons to restore sight worldwide are also highlighted.
President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Eye Donor Month; every year since then, a member of Congress has read a proclamation emphasizing the importance of cornea donation on EBAA’s behalf.
This year, Representative Nydia Velazquez (D – NY 7th District) sponsored National Eye Donor Month. Please check below to view her proclamation.
Kansas Eye Bank & Cornea Research Center, along with the EBAA, offers a variety of materials to support the various events, activities and programs members sponsor in honor of National Eye Donor Month.
About the Eye Bank Association of America
The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), established in 1961, is the oldest transplant association in the nation and sets standards, provides education, and engages in advocacy to support eye donation, and cornea transplantation and research. EBAA has led the transplantation field with the establishment of medical standards for eye banking, and comprehensive training and certification programs for eye bank personnel. Over 90 member eye banks operate in the United States, Canada, and Asia. These eye banks made possible 79,304 sight-restoring corneal transplants in 2015. To learn more, visit www.restoresight.org.