Our History and Mission

The Lions Eye Bank for Long Island was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting corneal blindness.

As part of the Northwell Health System, the Lions Eye Bank coordinates all of the activities necessary to recover, process, medically screen, and distribute donated eye tissue for transplantation, research, education, and the advancement of medical technique.

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The Lions Eye Bank for Long Island is registered with the FDA, licensed by the New York State Department of Health, and fully accredited by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA).

A huge part of the Lions Eye Bank’s success has been its partnership with the many Lions Clubs of District 20-K2 (Nassau), 20-S (Suffolk), and 20-K1 (Brooklyn and Queens). As a service organization with a central mission involving sight restoration, the Lions have been instrumental in enabling the Lions Eye Bank to fulfill its central mission of providing safe, high quality tissue for transplantation.

To date, the Lions Eye Bank has provided over 13,000 corneas for sight restoring or sight preserving transplants both on Long Island and in the entire New York City metropolitan area. In fact, the reach of the Lions Eye Bank has extended far beyond this region as corneas recovered from this area have restored sight for individuals living in areas throughout our globe.

For all of our successes, however, our program depends on the kindness and generosity of those individuals and families who choose to donate the Gift of Sight. There is no substitute for a human cornea. We urge you to take a moment to consider how you can completely transform someone’s life by donating the precious Gift of Sight. Join our crusade against corneal blindness by signing up on the New York State Donate Life Registry today.


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