Information for Cornea Transplant Recipients

The miracle of sight restoration through corneal transplantation is made possible by the gift given by a deceased donor. 

The Gift of Sight For You

Saving Sight is a nonprofit organization that works with your corneal transplant surgeon to provide the gift of sight by facilitating eye donation. Many corneal transplant recipients have questions about the donation process before or after their surgery. Our team is always available to provide support and answers to you!

Where Does Donated Corneal Tissue Come From?
The miracle of sight restoration through corneal transplantation is made possible by the gift given by a deceased donor. When an individual joins the organ and tissue donor registry either at the Department of Motor Vehicles or online, they make the first step by sharing their intent to help others as a donor. Upon their death, that individual may be eligible to be an eye, tissue and/or organ donor. Through donation, one person can save the lives of up to 8 people, restore sight to 2 people, and heal the lives of up to 75 more through tissue donation.

What is An Eye Bank?
Non-profit organizations called eye banks work with donor hospitals, donor families, and your corneal transplant surgeon to facilitate corneal donation. There are 57 regional eye banks in the United States that are accredited by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and the Food and Drug Administration. Eye banks work to recover, medically evaluate, process and distribute donor eye tissues for both transplantation and sight-saving research. Saving Sight is an EBAA member eye bank and is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.

How Do I Say Thank You?
Receiving the gift of sight from a deceased donor is a life-changing gift, and many corneal transplant recipients want to know how they can say thank you to the donor’s family. After your corneal transplant surgery, you will receive communication from the eye bank detailing how to send a thank you letter to your donor’s family. While the eye bank must ensure privacy between donor families and recipients, it is able to facilitate anonymous correspondence between parties by forwarding letters. You can learn more about Saving Sight’s correspondence program here.

Read More About Correspondence

Honoring Chad: A Mother’s Tribute to Love and Legacy

Chad, a vibrant soul with a zest for life, left a mark on those who knew him. "He was a very happy person," Linda fondly recalls. "He loved to have fun, joking and wrestling around." Tragically, Chad's journey came to an end in January 2017 due to a car accident....

Meet Our Lion Ambassador of the Year Nominees!

Later this month, Saving Sight will announce its first Lion Ambassador of the Year at the Missouri Lions State Convention. We’ve received seven nominations for Lions doing amazing work in our service area. Nominations were accepted from current MD-26 District...

Effects of Eye Bank Donor Age Expansion on Corneal Endothelial Cell Density and Surgeon Tissue Acceptance

In recent years, advancements in medical research have pushed the boundaries of what was once considered feasible in the field of ophthalmology. One such study observed the effect of the expansion of eye bank donor age on corneal endothelial cell density and surgeon...

Visionary Journeys: A Cornea Surgeon’s Mission to Bring Vision to the World

At Saving Sight, our vision is to be the global partnership model for how eye banking and charitable vision services can most effectively serve people and communities. This standard we hold ourselves to has guided us to over 60 years of excellence in eye banking. We...

Kathy’s Journey of Restored Sight Through Transplantation

Kathy's journey to restored sight began after her cataract surgery in the fall of 2023. The procedure that she expected would improve her vision did not deliver the results that she was expecting and led to the discovery of underlying vision issues. “After my cataract...

Unleashing Potential Through the Emerging Leaders Leadership Program

Just before the holiday season, the third Emerging Leaders class kicked off, with its participants eager to develop a wide variety of skills and knowledge.  The Emerging Leaders Program is a 6-month development program that is intended to help prepare future Saving...

2023 Impact Report

We worked to save sight for more individuals than ever during our 2022-2023 fiscal year! Check out our Impact Report to learn how we're helping our community.
ScottHagerty photo

Transplant Recipient’s Vision Twice Renewed

Scott's journey to restored vision began on a farm in central Kansas when he was 19. After unloading grain from storage bins, Scott noticed that his left eye had swollen shut. Scott eventually found his way to Dr. Bruce Grene in Wichita, Kansas where he was treated...

The Importance of EBAA Accreditation

Established in 1981, the EBAA (Eye Bank Association of America) Accreditation is an important benchmark for excellence within the world of eye banking. This accreditation holds the seal of approval from several reputable federal agencies, including the FDA and CDC,...

A Transplant Becomes an Opportunity for Regained Sight

For years, Karie of Kansas City, MO, suffered from reduced vision in her right eye after a bout with shingles while on chemotherapy. She was left with scarring from the shingles on her eye that impacted her vision and resulted in corneal blindness. At first, she was...

What Opportunities Exist to Give Back?

Often, corneal transplant recipients want to share their gratitude for the gift of eye donation by giving back as a volunteer. There are a few ways that you can do this. The easiest way is by joining the organ and tissue donor registry at and encouraging your friends and family to do the same. You may also be interested in volunteer opportunities with the eye bank, including sharing your story about receiving a transplant, or attending events supporting eye and organ donation awareness held by the eye bank. To learn more about volunteering with your local eye bank, Saving Sight, visit our Get Involved section.

Others find it meaningful to share their story with the eye bank as a corneal transplant recipient. Sharing your testimonial is a good way for others to find comfort in their transplant journey. It also is a powerful way of showing others the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. If you would like to share your story with Saving Sight, you can visit

To learn more about cornea donation and transplantion, visit