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.
Who Can Donate?
- Even people who wear glasses, who are blind, or suffer from cataracts or glaucoma may donate their eyes.
- People with most forms of cancer may donate their eyes.
- A thorough medical history review is completed at the time of death to ensure a person is eligible for eye donation.
A sample of ruleout conditions would include:
- HIV, Hepatitis B, and/or Hepatitis C infection
- ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s
- Leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, melanoma, and ocular cancers
Who benefits from eye donation?
- Up to two people may receive corneal transplants.
- Up to six people may receive a sclera graft.
- Tissue can be used to further research and education efforts into the treatment and prevention of ocular disease.
- Donor families can derive a sense of comfort by knowing that their loved one has provided the gift of sight.
How to Become an Eye Donor
To register your wishes regarding eye donation please visit the BC Donor Registry .
Have more questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on eye donation.