Ocular Tissue for Research

As a global leader in the field of eye banking for over 45 years, VisionGift has been an active member of the ophthalmic research community.  Through the screening, recovery, processing and provision of ocular tissues for transplant and biomedical research, we have been at the forefront of new technologies from cornea to retina throughout our existence. We pride ourselves on our multidisciplinary approach to research, which brings together the gift of ocular tissue from donors, with the experts in all fields of ophthalmology, genetics, drug development, surgical techniques and more.  To date we have published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts in the field of ophthalmology. In addition, our dedicated team of research scientists are experts in the area of cornea and retinal explant cultures to assist in the testing of gene therapy agents.

The vision of our research team is to make a significant impact on the lives of patients with eye diseases through collaborative research. We believe that by working together, we can unlock new discoveries and help in the development of innovative treatments that can transform the lives of people affected by eye diseases.  At VisionGift we are excited about the possibilities of collaborating and contributing to the field of ophthalmology with you!

Previously procured ocular tissue for research

Anterior Segment

  • Fuchs dystrophy
  • Epithelium and endothelium for cell culturing
  • Wet lab and surgical training


  • Primary open-angle
  • Open-angle high tension


  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • AMD (wet and dry)
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy

Need resources to launch a pilot study?

VisionGift offers the Barbara L. Crow Investigator-Concept Grant to help stimulate innovative early-stage projects that may lead to life-changing treatments for ocular diseases.

Applying for a grant?

Let us know your tissue requirements and we can help you develop a budget that captures your tissue-related costs. Contact us at Research@visiongift.org.