In 1983, then-President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as National Eye Donor Month, stating, “One of the most magnificent presents that one human being can bestow upon another is the gift of sight.”
Many of us take our sight for granted. Think about it: From the moment you wake up to the time you close those heavy eyelids, how many tasks do you perform that require your use of sight?
- Did you look at the alarm clock to see what time it was?
- Did you make sure you were using the shampoo instead of the conditioner?
- Did you read a label to make sure you grabbed the cinnamon instead of the cayenne pepper for your toast?
We use our sight nearly every moment of every single day. Imagine how different your day would be if you had little or no vision due to a corneal blindness.
Amazingly, about 10 percent of all blinding eye conditions can be corrected through corneal transplantation. Last year, more than 50,000 people nationwide (1,000 in Illinois) received a second chance at sight due to the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors. Show how generous you can be, and “bestow a magnificent present” to a person in need. Register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at DonateLifeIllinois.org!
In celebration of National Eye Donor Month, the Illinois Eye-Bank is excited to share this new poster featuring Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White and five pediatric eye tissue recipients. Thanks to the generosity of donors and their families, these children have a bright future ahead of them. Please join the Illinois Eye-Bank during March to promote eye donation and honor those who have so graciously given the gift of sight.
Give the gift of sight. Be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor today at DonateLifeIllinois.org!
– Mary Schlereth, Illinois Eye-Bank