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The gift of sight is something that many people don't fully appreciate until they're faced with the impacts of their own failing sight, or that of their loved ones. Fortunately, sightlessness due to cornea disease or dysfunction is something which can be repaired, and that's where Lions VisionGift comes in.

Through the generosity of brave donors and their families, our organization is able to provide safe and effective cornea grafts for sight restoring surgeries throughout the state and across the nation. Since our inception in 1975, more than 28,000 individuals have received sight-restoring transplants. We are also very proud of our tradition as innovators in our industry as well as our contributions to valuable global research initiatives.

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First LVG prepared DMEK transplanted

Cornea recipient shares her "Story of Hope"

Teresa Rambaud was only 14 when she was diagnosed with Keratoconus – a progressive eye disease that affects the cornea. In spite of this, at the age of 17, Teresa was able to visit Silverton, Oregon as an exchange student from Mexico. By the time Teresa was 20, she had become totally blind. Life was dark and difficult at times, and she would often fall and hurt herself. Teresa was incredibly grateful for the care and support of the teachers and classmates who got her through school – assisting with studying and even giving her tests orally. But Teresa’s family made the greatest sacrifices, assisting her each day and routinely loading their large family into the car for 12-hour round trips to El Paso, Texas, to see eye specialists. Teresa got through it by focusing on the good moments of her life. She says, “Even when I was blind, I have always been able to see my blessings.” 

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First LVG prepared DMEK transplanted

 

Lions VisionGift's focus on research and innovation once again pays off with the issuing of a technology patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

PORTLAND, OR, August 7, 2018 – Lions VisionGift (LVG), one of the nation’s leading eye banks, is excited to announce that that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted it a patent for claims for its invention of Patient Ready DMEK™. 

The patent is titled, Corneal Tissue Sample Assemblies and Related Methods of Use (US 10,041,865 B2),  and covers LVG’s innovative assembly for the handling, transporting, viewing, evaluating, and/or shipping of corneal tissue.  The patent is the culmination of years of work to create an innovative way to provide endothelial tissue in a manner that can meet the strict evaluation and quality standards that are a cornerstone to LVG’s success. 

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First LVG prepared DMEK transplanted

In Memoriam - Barbara Crow.

On November 7, 2017 the world lost a true pioneer in the world of eye banking. Barbara started her career at OHSU’s Casey Eye Institute where she ran the Oregon Eye Bank from 1987 to 1998 at which time she took over Lions Eye Bank of Oregon (now Lions VisionGift). She co-Directed the two organizations until merging the programs in 2000. That in and of itself would be accomplishment enough for most of us, but not for Barbara. Barbara spent the next 16 years leading the eye bank through a continuous growth trajectory that has allowed us to contribute to sight saving surgeries, research and education at a level unfathomable in 1998.

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