VANDALIA – Keri Lyman and Shannon Schweitzer, from the Lions Eye Bank of West-Central Ohio, spoke at the April 27 dinner meeting of the Vandalia Lions Club. Under the leadership of the Downtown Dayton Lions Club, the Eye Bank was established in 1982.
Their talk focused on Cornea transplanting based on gifts from organ donors, emphasizing that although one’s Driver’s License may specify the desire to donate, that desire should be made known to their families. Eye Bank personnel will contact the family, but it is best if the family has prior knowledge.
Some statistics were also provided. At the outset, a transplant patient might wait up to a year after the operation to get their vision restored. Now, due to technical improvements, it can be as short as one week.
There were over 1000 transplants in the year 2016, with a 99% success rate. Since 1982, Lions Clubs have donated over $400,000 to the operation of the Eye Bank, however, anyone can donate, and specify how their donation should be used. Donations can be used for research to improve technology, helping to pay for an operation, and other uses.
A related Lions program is collection of used eyeglasses and redistribution mainly to Third World Countries. Collection Boxes are located at several Vandalia locations including the Recreation Center, Senior Citizens Center, Library, Vandalia Optometry, and Vandalia United Methodist Church.