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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Jan Phillips is giving back
When Jan Phillips lost her sight, she thought to herself, “What am I missing the... read more
Jan Phillips is enjoying all the sights life has to offer thanks to eye donation and corneal transplantation. She’s so thankful she dedicated her birthday this year to raising money for Eversight and our sight-saving mission. We think that’s pretty incredible! Full Story
Persistence personified
Gerry Bouey wanted a job. As the third child of six in a blue-collar Detroit home,... read more
Gerry Bouey thought he had it all—the big job and the corner office in downtown Detroit. Then Gerry lost his sight, and it felt like everything was snatched away. But a cornea transplant restored Gerry’s vision … and gave him a whole new purpose. Full Story
Everyone has a story
Dr. Wajid Ali Khan hears all the stories. A son wants to donate one of his corneas... read more
Dr. Wajid Ali Khan hears all the stories. A son wants to donate one of his corneas so his father can see again. A mother doesn’t know how she will care for her children if she can’t see. But for every person Dr. Khan treats in Pakistan, thousands more are still in need. Full Story
Leading change
Global Development leaders Collin Ross and Erik Hellier were honored this summer in... 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