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When you think about the month of March, several topics probably come to mind. You may think about the first day of spring, St. Patrick’s Day and the start of baseball season, but did you know that March is also Eye Donor Awareness Month?
In 1983, President Reagan established the first National Eye Donor Month as a way to recognize its donors, celebrate the recipients and bring awareness to eye donation.
Approximately ten million people around the world are affected with corneal diseases that have resulted in blindness or other visual impairments. Corneal transplants have become one of the most frequently performed transplant procedures. According to the National Eye Institute, doctors perform approximately 40,000 corneal transplants each year.
Have you ever considered becoming an eye donor? Regardless of whether you have thought about donating in the past, or this is the first time you’ve carefully considered the idea, here are a few areas of to note that may help you make your decision:
- Currently, only the cornea is used in transplants, but the entire eye can be used for research and other educational purposes.
- More than 90 percent of all corneal transplant operations successfully restore the recipient’s vision.
- Anyone can become a donor – cataracts, poor vision or age does not prevent anyone from donating.
There is just no substitute for human corneal tissue. If you have considered becoming an eye donor, you can rest assured knowing that your donation can make a world of difference for someone in need. Just think your gift could help restore someone’s vision, support the advanced treatment of blindness or other vision impairments – and beyond.
To get started, be sure to discuss your wishes with your loved ones, and thank you for your precious gift.
Happy Eye Donor Awareness Month from Lions Pride