The Lions Eye Donation Service
About the eye bank
The Lions Eye Donation Service establishes consent for eye donation, coordinates and performs donation surgery, and then evaluates and distributes donated corneas and other eye tissue.
The Lions Eye Donation Service is a collaboration between CERA, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the Lions Clubs of Victoria and Southern New South Wales, and the University of Melbourne.
Since 1991, the Lions Eye Donation Service has performed more than 7000 corneal donations. It has also provided eye tissue for over 15 000 transplants.
The service mainly allocates donated eye tissue for transplant to patients in Victoria and Tasmania. But it also sends eye tissue to other parts of Australia and New Zealand when needed. If the donor wishes, their eyes or eye tissue can also be used to help medial research and education.
The service currently provides corneas for over 530 transplants per year in Australia and New Zealand. This has increased around 45 per cent in the past 20 years.
Among its achievements, the Lions Eye Donation Service was the first Australian eye bank to introduce organ culture preservation in 2005. This extended the time of corneal preservation from seven days to a possible 30 days.
The Lions Eye Donation Service is a member of the Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand. This is the peak body for eye donation and transplants in Australia and New Zealand.
The service is based in Melbourne at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.