VALLEY STREAM, NY – The Lions Eye Bank for Long Island will be offering free eye donation educational sessions throughout the month of March in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today.
March is the 31st annual National Eye Donor Awareness month. Since 1961, more than one million adults and children have had their sight restored as a result of eye donations, according to the Eye Bank Association of America. TheLions Eye Bank for Long Island , which is located at Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream and serves the New York metropolitan area, has provided the gift of sight to more than 12,650 people since its inception in 1986.
“We hope during these educational programs to explain how eye donations work and debunk some of the myths surrounding this donation,” said Kenneth Manger, director of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island. “Organ, tissue and eye donation are among some of the most selfless things that people can do to change the life of another person.”
North Shore-LIJ Health System medical professionals and informational displays will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:
• March 5:LIJ Medical Center’s cafeteria
• March 7: Elmhurst Hospital’s lobby
• March 12: North Shore University Hospital’s lobby
• March 14: Southside Hospital’s lobby
• March 21: Plainview Hospital’s lobby
• March 25: St. Joseph’s Hospital’s lobby
• March 26: South Nassau Community Hospital’s lobby
• March 28: Syosset Hospital’s lobby
Anyone interested in enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Organ, Tissue and Eye Donor Registry can sign up by going to the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island’s website atwww.lebli.org. Eye donors should make their family and friends aware of their wish to be an eye donor.
Services at the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island are made possible through the generous donations from the Lions Clubs of Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn and Queens. For more information about the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island or eye donation, call (516) 256-6990.