The Eye Bank of BC provides British Columbians with the opportunity to choose eye donation. Individuals can leave a legacy by providing up to 8 people with corneal and sclera graft transplants. Tissue may also be used to further research efforts into the treatment and prevention of ocular disease.
Currently, there are over 400 BC residents in need of a cornea transplant. This number is expected to increase due to the aging patient population. By choosing eye donation individuals have the opportunity to leave a legacy by providing up to 8 people with transplants of ocular tissue.
Alysa and her family have enormous appreciation for the amazing gift that gave her back her sight. They are forever thankful to the family who donated their child’s cornea so she could see again. Because of the cornea transplant, Alysa is able to live the life of a normal teenager without any challenges related to her vision.
"Not a day goes by that I don't think about my donor and give thanks."
When she was just 20 years old, Evelin's vision was failing because of a progressive eye disease called keratoconus. But thanks to her donor and a cornea transplant, she received the gift of sight. The best thing she sees? Her young son's smile.
The Seeing is Believing campaign is raising important funds to help more people just like Evelin.