We restore sight and prevent blindness through the
healing power of donation, transplantation and research.

Our history

Our mission began in 1947 with the establishment of the fourth eye bank in the United States, then known as the Illinois Eye-Bank. Over time, nonprofit eye banks were established in every state to meet the critical demand for corneal tissue to treat preventable blindness.
 
In 1985, the Illinois Eye-Bank and Michigan Eye-Bank formed a partnership—one that would earn a reputation for clinical excellence made possible by some of the finest medical directors, staff and board members in the eye banking field. The success of the organization attracted affiliations with other regional eye banks like the BroMenn-Watson Gailey Eye-Bank, Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey, Cleveland Eye Bank and the Connecticut Eye Bank, forming one of the largest networks of eye banks in the U.S. In 2015, the network became known as Eversight, all working together as a unified operation to deliver the highest quality services to surgeons and their patients and to continue to grow our impact around the world.
 
Today, our services reach beyond traditional eye banking by advancing treatments of all blinding eye diseases. We recover, evaluate and provide human eye tissue for transplantation; support research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions; promote donation awareness through public and professional education; and provide humanitarian aid to people around the world in need of sight-restoring therapies.
 
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 maintains its commitment to excellence as an accredited member of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and by meeting the highest quality standards set by the Food and Drug Administration.

Making vision a reality

You can help make vision a reality for more than 9,000 people every year by supporting our mission. Charitable contributions are tax-deductible and can be made in honor or memory of someone special in your life.
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Donation makes it possible

When a person says yes to donation, Eversight works around the clock to recover, prepare and deliver donated tissue to a patient waiting for a cornea transplant. In just a matter of days, someone who was once blind will being to see life in all its vivid detail.
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Our mission in action

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‘One extraordinary volunteer’
Marilyn Bartucci was not ready for cold lemonade on the beach, spending her days on the... read more
Eversight names David Bosch as new President
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — David Bosch, an Illinois native and 22-year veteran in eye, organ... read more
Seeing is believing
They came to the United States for training and left with the knowledge to transform... read more
‘My own personal heroes’
One of Barbara Van Dorn’s two cornea transplants has a small, barely noticeable... read more
A gift that keeps giving
Julie May thought no one would want her eyes. She was born with congenital... read more
Impacting sight around the world
Something keeps pulling Dr. Richard Gieser and Dr. John Garrett back. Dr. Gieser has... read more
Dr. Richard Gieser has gone on mission trips in 19 countries outside the U.S., traveling to Sudan 14 times to deliver critical medical care. Full Story
Changing the future of research
CLEVELAND — Eversight has launched the Eversight Vision Research Registry &... read more
The key to unlocking cures for vision loss lies in a simple decision—to become an eye donor for research. Full Story
Thanking Katie
Nov. 7, 2016, was a day September Vaudrey anticipated for more than eight years. She was... read more
This love for others had inspired her to join the donor registry several years earlier. Katie’s decision allowed her to touch the lives of eight people through eye, organ and tissue donation, including two cornea recipients in Illinois. Full Story