Fast Facts About the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank
- Established in 1982 by the Lions Clubs of Colorado and Wyoming as a nonprofit organization.
- Mission: to fulfill the wish of eye donors and their families to help another overcome blindness through transplantation and research.
- Service area covers all of Colorado and Wyoming, except for Sweetwater, Uinta and Lincoln counties in Wyoming.
- Regulated by the FDA and the medical standards of the Eye Bank Association of America.
- Cornea transplants are a cure for corneal blindness, which accounts for about 10% of all blindness. Each year, approximately 500 people in Colorado receive cornea transplants. The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank facilitates the recovery and transplantation of approximately 1,500 corneas each year. Since 1982, the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank has facilitated over 42,000 transplants.
- International placement of transplantable tissue may occur if a suitable recipient cannot be found locally or domestically. This ensures that every transplantable eye tissue is used.
- Eye donors do not need good eyesight. Even donors who were legally blind were able to help someone else through donation and transplantation of their eye tissue.
- Cancer is not a rule-out for eye donation.
- Donate Life: The best way to ensure your decision to be an eye, organ and tissue donor is followed is to join your state’s registry. Colorado and Wyoming residents can register at the time of driver’s license renewal, or at http://www.donatelifecolorado.orgor www.DonateLifeWyoming.org. Residents of both states may also call toll-free 888-256-4386.