Lions VisionGift is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 by Lions Clubs of Oregon (MD-36), which recognized the need for an eye bank to provide ocular tissue for transplants, research and medical education.
Since its inception, over 20,000 people have received the gift of sight from tissue procured and screened by Lions VisionGift, which works closely with transplant surgeons. Additionally, ocular tissues have been utilized for valuable research projects and surgical training.
Lions VisionGift holds accreditation and certification with the Eye Bank Association of America and is registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. We are licensed in several states, including Oregon, California, and Maryland, as well as Canada.
Lions VisionGift is proud of the many different functions we perform on the path to sight restoration in our communities. Through collaboration with our donation partners around the state, we are able to recover and screen donated tissues in a timely manner to provide grafts for individuals throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. Once these needs have been met, we routinely send additional tissues across the nation and around the world.
We strive to honor and serve the brave individuals and their families who make the decision to donate. We remember those who have given the gift of sight through projects like our 'Trees of Remembrance' and 'Threads of Life' quilts. We also facilitate the anonymous correspondence between donor families and grateful recipients, a practice that does much to comfort the families of our donors.
Finally, we strive to continue our strong tradition of involvement in ocular research initiatives, both within our own Vision Research Laboratory and by providing tissues to outside research facilities. Through programs like these, we can continue to increase the safety and efficacy of the tissues we provide.