November is National Eye Donation Month!
November 15, 2023
November is Eye Donation Month! Help raise awareness about cornea donation and transplantation, honor the gift of sight given by donors and their families, celebrate cornea recipients living their fullest lives thanks to the generosity of donors and educate about eye donation and the importance of registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Eye Donation Month serves as a critical platform to bring attention to the 12 million individuals worldwide who are visually impaired and could potentially have their sight restored through a corneal transplant.
The core objectives of Eye Donation Month are to:
- Raise awareness about cornea donation and transplantation
- Honor the gift of sight given by selfless donors and their families
- Celebrate cornea transplant recipients living their fullest lives thanks to the generosity of donors
- Educate about eye donation and encourage individuals to register as donors
The 2023 Eye Donation Month theme, “A Community of Compassion,” highlights the many individuals who work together to make restored vision through transplantation possible. EBAA or the Eye Bank Association of America, has developed a wide range of tools and resources that promote organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. All are available for use by the entire Donate Life Community at eyedonationmonth.org.
Eye Donation Month is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of registering to be a donor. Visit DonateLifeTN.org to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today!
We Celebrate our Donor Heroes & Recipients
Wife of organ, eye and tissue donor, Doug Lontz (pictured left)
“When we received the letter which stated that an older gentleman with grandchildren received the corneas and was finally able to see his grandkids, that made us feel good.”
Double Cornea Transplant Recipient
“My life has been transformed because two different people chose to give the gift of life and signed up to be donors. I now see life with my new vision.”
About Tennessee Donor Services
An Extraordinary Commitment to Science, Health, and Hope
Tennessee Donor Services a non-profit, organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to saving and improving lives by connecting organ and tissue donations to the patients who need them. TDS serves nearly five and a half million people in Tennessee and Virginia.