Celebrating the Gift of Sight: National Eye Donor Month
Ever stop to think what your world would be like without the gift of sight? Like other things, most of us take this precious gift for granted.
Across the country, many wait in the dark for the gift of sight: to experience the vibrant colors of springtime blooms, a piece of art or just words on a page.
For the 32nd year, the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) will commemorate National Eye Donor Month, to promote awareness of the need to donate eyes, recognize donors and their families and celebrate the lives of corneal recipients.
Here are a few fun facts about eye banking, courtesy of EBAA:
- The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye.
- The entire eye cannot be transplanted, only the cornea; however, the entire eye can be used for research and education.
- The first human corneal transplant was performed in 1905 by Dr. Eduard Zirm.
- The first U.S. transplant was performed in New York City by Dr. R. Townley Paton in 1937.
- The first eye bank opened in 1944 in New York City.
- Anyone can be an eye donor! Cornea donation is not dependent on age, eye color, blood type or even eyesight quality.