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Do not take the gift of sight for granted

Monday, March 03, 2014 - Updated: 6:42 AM

March has once again been designated as Eye Donor Month by the Eye Bank Association of America. The Sight Society of Northeastern New York Inc., the Lions Eye Bank at Albany, and your local Amsterdam Lions Club are working to raise awareness throughout area communities about cornea, tissue and organ donation.

Many of us take our eyesight for granted, but for those who are visually impaired, sight is a most precious gift. Through the technology of medical science, complete restoration of sight has been made possible through corneal transplant surgery.

Since its inception in 1952, the Sight Society of Northeastern New York Inc. (Lions Eye Bank at Albany) has helped tens of thousands of people restore their vision. Often, people wait more than a year, hoping to receive a corneal transplant. Each year the need increases. The Lions Eye Bank at Albany serves 29 counties across northeastern New York and Great Barrington, Mass.

In 2013, more than 360 people ranging in age from nine days to 103 years who suffer from corneal blindness were recipients of corneal transplants, thanks to the efforts of the Lions Eye Bank at Albany and our local Lions clubs.

The Amsterdam Lions Club urges the public to become aware of what can be done to make it possible for some sight-impaired individuals to see again. For details on how you can become an eye donor, contact Robert Montenaro, secretary of the Amsterdam Lions Club.

March is recognized as Eye Donor Month not only to support the dedicated work of caring people and benevolent organizations, but to raise awareness of individuals who may want to someday make a gift of sight. It is indeed a gift to be shared.

     

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