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.
Last week the Eye Bank of British Columbia recognized Victoria Hospice for achieving the second highest number of eye donations of all donor organizations in the province in 2018. In total, there were 22 eye donors, leading to 30 people receiving corneal transplants. Additional donor tissue went to further research efforts into the treatment and prevention of ocular disease.
So far in 2019, 19 Victoria Hospice patients have elected to give the gift of sight and we’re on track to being the top donor organization in B.C.
“Through this operation we are now connected without knowing each other. I have received not just the gift of vision but the gift of life from you.” - Robert (cornea donor recipient) ... See MoreSee Less