VALLEY STREAM, NY – In recognition of National Eye Donor Awareness Month in March, the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island is offering free educational programs throughout the month at several North Shore-LIJ Health System facilities.
Kenneth Manger, director of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island; Elizabeth Zubko, deputy executive director of Franklin Hospital; along with various Lions members and dignitaries.
This year marks the 30th annual National Eye Donor Month. In 2011, there were 46,196 corneal transplants done in the US, according to the Eye Bank Association of America. The Lions Eye Bank for Long Island has provided the gift of sight to more than 12,000 corneal transplant recipients since its inception in 1986. Corneal transplants are not only critical to people’s sight but they are also used for research and education.
“This month offers a great opportunity for everyone to realize the power they have to one day benefit others through cornea or whole eye donation,” said Kenneth Manger, director of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island, located at Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. “Talk to your family and friends so they are aware of your wishes and enroll in the New York State Donate Life Organ, Tissue and Eye Donor Registry. You can sign up when you renew your driver’s license or by visiting our website at www.lebli.org. Your corneas could one day provide the gift of sight to individuals who would otherwise be unable to see.”
Healthcare professionals and informational displays will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobbies of the following locations:
- March 5: Syosset Hospital, 221 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset.
- March 7: Southside Hospital, 301 East Main Street, Bay Shore.
- March 7: Plainview Hospital, 888 Old Country Road, Plainview.
- March 8: Franklin Hospital, 900 Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream.
- March 15: North Shore University Hospital, 300 Community Drive, Manhasset.
- March 22: Nassau University Medical Center, 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow.
- March 25: Forest Hills Hospital, 102-01 66th Road, Forest Hills.
The Lions Eye Bank is sponsored by the Lions Clubs International, the largest service organization in the world. The Lions are known internationally for their work fighting blindness and diabetes. Lions Club members in this area raise money for the Lions Eye Bank and donate their time transporting the sight-restoring tissue to and from local airports, surgery centers and the Lions Eye Bank’s lab.
For information, contact the Lions Eye Bank at (516) 256-6990 or visit their website at www.lebli.org.