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We restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research.
The Eversight New Jersey Story
Eversight New Jersey was established in 1970 by the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, a national fraternal organization founded to give aid to those in need, as the New Jersey Eye Bank. In July 1988, the Lions of New Jersey assumed sole responsibility for the Eye Bank and it became the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey.
Over the years, the Eye Bank established a reputation for clinical excellence, one that has been upheld over the years by some of the finest medical directors, staff and board members in the eye banking field.
The Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey affiliated with Midwest Eye-Banks – comprised of the Michigan Eye-Bank, Illinois Eye-Bank, Illinois Eye-Bank, Watson Gailey and Cleveland Eye Bank – in 2005. Midwest Eye-Banks has established a growing network of community eye banks that, together, provides the resources and expertise of a global organization.
In March 2015, the organization changed its name to Eversight to inspire even more people to support its work and re-energize its mission to preserve and restore sight.
Our vision for the future is to expand our reach, connect more effectively with our communities and provide a life full of sight to anyone in need.
Eversight New Jersey continues to uphold our reputation of excellence as an accredited member of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and by meeting the quality standards set by the Food and Drug Administration.
Eversight is a charitable, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research. Our network of community based eye banks – in Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio – recovers, evaluates and provides human eye tissue for transplantation; supports research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions; promotes donation awareness through public and professional education; and provides humanitarian aid to people around the world in need of sight-restoring services.