FLORIDA LIONS EYE BANK YEAR IN REVIEW
Florida Lions Eye Bank celebrated its 60th anniversary in January of this year. In 1962, a cooperation between Lions Clubs of Florida and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute established Florida Lions Eye Bank as the first eye bank in the state of Florida.
When we opened our doors 60 years ago, we made corneal transplantation in Florida possible for many patients and their doctors who were previously limited by the short supply of human eye tissue. We recovered 205 eyes from donors and provided 62 corneas for transplant during our first year of operation. Since then, we have provided over 65,000 corneas for transplant, restoring sight to tens of thousands of recipients.