A Message From Our President and CEO
March 27, 2020
Dear Supporters, Partners, and Friends,

Together, we are facing a time of great uncertainty. Virtually everyone is impacted by the global pandemic we’re navigating. While my focus is on sustaining our important mission, my first hope is that you and your family are safe and healthy during this challenging time.

This pandemic has had a devastating and immediate impact on Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research. The government mandate prohibiting elective surgeries has put a stop to our ability to perform cornea transplant surgeries with our partners. While we’ve seen a decline in the demand for cornea tissue, our patients’ need for cornea transplants continues. Today, we need your support and prayers more than ever in our history.
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INFORMATIONAL ALERT: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Eye Tissue Donation

March 18, 2020

Dear Doctors, Surgery Schedulers, and Healthcare Providers,

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research (LEITR) is closely monitoring developments associated with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), both locally and worldwide. Our donor services and quality assurance teams are actively following and strictly enforcing the donor screening recommendations for donor tissue safety provided by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), consistent with the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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We are leading the worldwide fight against blinding eye disease through our unique model — uniting the world’s largest Eye Bank, our cutting-edge Ocular Research Center, and our Foundation together to create the leading institution for ocular science. We are advocates for the 45 million blind and visually impaired people across the globe, and our mission is to set new standards for ocular endeavors that will improve visual outcomes and quality of life for those who are blind or visually impaired.

Recent News

2020 Roar Through Ybor Zero-K

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Friday, April 17, 2020 at 6PM | Your Living Room!

The Lions Eye Institute Foundation has partnered with LifeLink Legacy Fund to produce the 19th annual Roar Through Ybor, but this year it’s a ZERO-K! Join us from the comfort of your living room and run (or don’t) to restore sight and save lives.


2020 Eye Ball: 20/20 Vision (The Sky is the Limit)

September 12, 2020 | Tampa Marriott Water Street

Flight 1973 takes off at 6:00 PM sharp!

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