The OLEB was established in 1957 and is Oklahoma's only dedicated tissue recovery organization with the sole purpose of recovering corneal tissue and restoring sight through transplantation. Since the establishment of the Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank, over 25,000 corneas have been donated resulting in approximately 21,000 successful corneal transplant surgeries. Corneas that are not suitable for transplant are used for additional eye procedures or for ocular research. Eye Bank Technicians are certified by the EBAA and attend educational sessions at national EBAA conventions annually, as well as complete Continuing Education on a yearly basis. The Eye Bank, itself, is inspected and recertified every three years by EBAA.
Oklahoma Lions have been instrumental in the restoration of eye sight since their inception and now with the Lions Clubs International Foundation (please bold LCIF above) matching grant of $75,000 we are able to increase our services with better technology. Lions Clubs and individual Lions met the matching grant of $75,000 to bring in a new Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty DSEK) machine for a Suture-less Corneal Transplant.