We are happy to recognize and celebrate the month of March as National Eye Donor Month! Since 1983, the month of March is officially recognized by Congress as National Eye Donor Month. Each year, this month is recognized in a special way to promote awareness of the need to donate eyes, to recognize donors and their families and to celebrate corneal recipients.
The need for corneal donors is very high and continues to climb each year. Only about 50,000 corneal transplants are performed in the United States each year, and only a total of 100,000 worldwide, due to a lack of access to donor tissue. It is estimated that up to 10 million people across the world suffer from corneal blindness, and could have their vision restored through a transplant using donor tissue. Corneal blindness may be caused by accidents or diseases damaging the front of the eye. When the rest of the eye functions fully, the cornea is the only part of the eye needed to restore sight.
By commemorating donors and recipients of corneal transplants, the goal of National Eye Donor Month is to promote awareness for the need to register to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. Let’s all do our part to make this the most successful National Eye Donor Month yet, and help to spread the word!!