The Indiana Lions Eye Bank is a non-profit corporation committed to helping those in need of eye transplantations. We are the largest eye bank in the state and have been providing eye tissue for transplant since 1959.
A State Project of the Lions of Indiana, we are headquartered in Indianapolis providing a full range of transplant services throughout the state.
Every year, with the assistance of our dedicated partners we help countless people regain their sight.
"Since 1959, the Indiana Lions Eye & Tissue Transplant Bank has helped over 30 thousand individuals regain their vision through cornea transplants."
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2015 Circle of Life Celebration
2015 Circle of Life speakers.
From left to right: Michael Henderson (kidney recipient and Donor Service Manager with the Indiana Lions Eye Bank); Veronica Brown (donor family); Kathy Sojka (cornea recipient); Dr. Diana Etindi (hospital chaplain).
Alex Van Zant (Director of Donor Services-Indiana Lions Eye Bank) and Lisa Barker (Executive Director- Indiana State Coroner’s Association) attend the 2015 Circle of Life Celebration.
Family attends the 2015 Circle of Life Celebration to honor their loved one.
Community Hospital Receives Hospital of the Year Award
Community Hospital in Munster received the Hospital of the Year award from the Indiana Lions Eye Bank for their exceptional support of corneal donation. The Indiana Lions Eye Bank congratulates Community Hospital for their exemplary donor program.
Listed below are some of the hospital’s accomplishments.
• In 2014, Community Hospital had 60 corneal donors.
• Over the past five years, Community Hospital has averaged 40 corneal donors per year.
• The hospital has flown the Donate Life flag for 48 hours as a silent tribute to all organ, eye and tissue donors since 2009.
• Community Hospital has honored donors and donor families with the Donate Life Rose Dedication Ceremony since 2011. The dedicated roses are placed on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float.
• The Donate Life Committee meets on a quarterly basis to discuss ways to increase organ, eye and tissue donation.
Eskenazi Hospital Celebrates Life
As National Donate Life Month came to an end, the Indiana Lions Eye Bank along with the Indiana Donor Network hosted a Memorial Lantern Ceremony at Eskenazi Hospital.
All were invited, and those that attended gathered to honor those who gave the gift of life through organ, tissue, and eye donation, those who have received this gift and those who still wait.
Each family was able to release a paper lantern with their personal message.
It was a truly touching and inspiring evening.
The trip to Ecuador through Surgical Eye Expeditions was a Success!
Indianapolis surgeon Dr. Anthony Lombardo recently made the journey to Ecuador through Surgical Eye Expeditions. With a goal to help restore vision, primarily though cornea transplants, he personally performed 8 transplants, and they all looked great the next day! Other corneas were provided for the host surgeon.
The primary indications were pseudophakic bullous keratopathy and keratoconus. The patients had worse disease than one would typically see in the United States, and all the patients were very grateful for the services we performed.
The eye bank provided the corneas for the transplants and we are very proud to support his mission to restore vision.