Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research Recognized for Ocular Research and Awareness Efforts
TAMPA, Fla. — Saturday, November 9, 2013 has been declared “Gift of Sight Day” by City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The proclamation recognizes the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research for its groundbreaking ocular advancements over the past 40 years, and its support of the 26,000 blind and visually impaired people in Hillsborough County.
“LEITR is an ideal example of a Tampa-based organization leading global research efforts and still maintaining its commitment to our community,” said City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “I am proud to declare tomorrow Gift of Sight Day and raise awareness for the blind and visually impaired, as well as the importance of eye donation.”
As part of eye donation, LEITR is essential to helping coordinate ocular transplants that help people regain their sight. To date, LEITR has helped give the gift of sight to 60,000 men, women and children across the globe.
“Everyone will experience some form of vision loss throughout their lives,” said Jason Woody, LEITR president and CEO. “It is our goal to develop ocular advancements that can help treat visual impairments and further the fight against blinding eye diseases.”
Over the past four decades, LEITR has collaborated with national leading research teams to further ocular research. Recently, it helped develop a tool that will simplify corneal transplant surgeries as well as discovered that the post-mortem pupil dilation is possible.
LEITR will recognize this proclamation at its annual Eye Ball Gala on Saturday, November 9. The full proclamation can be viewed at http://www.tampagov.net/proclamations/20131109_Gift_of_Sight_Day.pdf. For more information on LEITR or the Eye Ball Gala, please visit www.lionseyeinstitute.org.
About the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research (LEITR)
The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Inc., (LEITR) is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to the recovery, evaluation and distribution of eye tissue for transplantation, research and education. LEITR’s Eye Bank, located in Tampa, Fla., is the only combined eye bank and ocular research center in the world. Since its inception, it has brought the “Gift of Sight” to more than 60,000 men, women and children worldwide. For more information, visit www.lionseyeinstitute.org.