March is National Eye Donor Month and we’d like to honor the thousands of eye donors and their families who have made the decision to give the gift of sight through tissue donation.
Eversight Illinois- Bloomington is central Illinois’ very own eye bank. It has carried on the mission of restoring sight in communities throughout central Illinois since its inception in 1952. Initially, the eye bank was named the Watson Gailey Foundation Eye Bank and was part of Mennonite Hospital. Now, many years later, the eye bank is part of a network of community eye banks called Eversight Illinois that provides the resources and expertise for eye tissue donation, transplantation, and research.
Gailey Ophthalmologist, Dr. Gregory Halperin, serves as one of the Medical Directors of Eversight Illinois-Bloomington and is proud to offer cornea transplant surgery. Dr. Halperin, as well as, Gailey’s Dr. Robert Lee, offer hope and restored vision through transplant surgery for people with eye diseases like Fuchs’ Dystrophy.
It is only through the gracious act of tissue donation that we are able to perform life-altering, vision-restoring procedures like cornea transplant surgery. Although we have a wealth of technology at our fingertips, we still need people like you to say ‘yes’ to donation. Take time to celebrate with us this month – discuss donation with your family, friends and colleagues and encourage them to become a registered eye, organ and tissue donor. Find out more at eversightvision.org/Illinois/.