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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Vision for a nation
Joining forces with the country’s leading hospitals and vision health organizations,... read more
By connecting with community leaders, Pakistanis are learning about donation and its positive effects from someone they trust. Ross is also traveling extensively within Pakistan, organizing conferences and meetings to foster relationships and discussions about how... Full Story
‘Their gifts are going to live on a long time’
They squeezed into the operating room until no one else could fit. Doctors, residents and... read more
Eversight partners with surgeon on medical mission tip to the Philippines Full Story
Advancing knowledge
Dr. Jonathan H. Lass spends a lot of time pondering the future. He has treated... read more
He has treated thousands of patients as a corneal surgeon at University Hospitals Eye Institute and mentored young physicians for decades as the Charles I Thomas Professor of Ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University. But what’s kept Dr. Lass’ mind on the future is the... 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
Smiles beyond adversity
For Avery Devereux, every day is a fight to keep her vision. Each morning begins with her... read more
For Avery Devereux, every day is a fight to keep her vision. Each morning begins with her mom, Ann, placing two medicated drops into her left eye and applying an ointment along the inside of her lower eyelid. Full Story
Hope & Healing
Emotional meeting between donor family and researcher drives home the importance of... read more
In August, the family’s story came full circle and forever changed their view of donation. Eversight arranged a meeting between the Anegons and Dr. Fort as part of its Hope and Healing program that celebrates the gift of donated eye tissue to research. Full Story
Perpetual drive
With a lab coat covering his gray suit and red tie, Dr. Pankaj Gupta held a Tono-pen... read more
Dr. Gupta joined Eversight as an Associate Medical Director in Ohio in 2015. Along with a team of medical directors, he oversees all medical aspects of the eye bank and ensures patients receive safe and reliable tissue for their surgical procedures. Full Story