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 DONOR INFORMATION & FACTS 

* 46,000 people need corneal transplants each year in the United States.

* Over 700,000 people have had their sight restored since 1961.

* Corneal transplants have been performed since 1905 (the earliest of any organ or tissue).

* Over 90% of all corneal transplant operations successfully restore the recipients vision.

The charts below show how prevalent corneal transplantation is and how the need for corneal donations have grown through-out the years. To find out more information on corneal transplants please click.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

1. Educate yourself on the facts about eye donation, and organ and tissue donation as well.

2. Sign a donor card (or the back of your drivers license) or place a donor dot on your license when your renew them. The donor dot can be obtained at your local County Clerks Office.

3. Talk with your family about your decision to donate. Your legal next of kin will be the ones approached about donations. Making your wishes known to them will make the decision process easier.

4. Carry your signed donor card or drivers license with you this way healthcare personal will have an indication of your wishes to donate.

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