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Eye Donor Month

Just a little history…

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan announced, ‘‘One of the most magnificent presents that one human being can bestow upon another is the gift of sight. Incredible as it may seem, it is within the power of each of us to give this precious gift simply by making arrangements to donate our eyes after death.’’ In less than 50 words, President Reagan expressed how simple and incredible it is to give the gift of sight. He declared March as National Eye Donor Month, and today his words hold no less relevance.

During National Eye Donor Month, we should take time to honor past donors and their families for the tremendous gift of sight they have given. These gifts have helped to improve the lives of over 1 million recipients since this procedure was introduced into America’s health care system. Throughout the United States today, more than 40,000 corneal transplants take place yearly, over 750 each week.

Nutshell…

Donated human eyes and corneal tissue are used for research, education and transplantation. There is no substitute for human tissue donation. Corneal transplants cannot take place without the priceless gift of corneal donation from one human to another. We encourage all colleagues to work with their local eye banks to help raise awareness within your communities and throughout our country.

 

features John Green, father of Tucson shooting victim Christina-Taylor Green.

 

Story from Dr. Ben Roberts and his interview with Geoffrey from Tenwek Hospital in Kenya


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Alabama Eye Bank – PSA

 

Below are the stories that we will be featuring this month. New ones will be added frequently so please check back.

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 Randal & Patricia
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Ronald & Cindy
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Betty Patterson
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Precision
Corneal Graft

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MedEd
Continuing Education

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GSN
Global Sight Network

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