Eye Bank Association of America

The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) is a not-for-profit organization of eye banks dedicated to the restoration of sight through the promotion and advancement of eye banking. The oldest transplant association in the United States, the EBAA is a nationally recognized accrediting body for eye banks.

The EBAA was the first donation organization to create medical standards for donation. It was also the first to create and implement inspection and accreditation processes for donation organizations.

The Minnesota Lions Eye Bank is a charter member of the EBAA and holds its highest accreditation.

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Lions Clubs International is the largest service organization in the world, with more than 1.3 million members in over 180 countries. The Lions motto is "We Serve" and Lions service starts in the local community and overflows to the state, the nation, and the world.

Through the work of the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation, Inc., the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank has been generously supported by the Lions of Minnesota since 1960. Twenty-two Lions from around the state sit on a board of directors that provides fiscal oversight to the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, and a grant from this board supports the eye bank Web site.

Click here to visit the Lions International Web site.


University of Minnesota

A land-grant university and the state’s primary research institution, the University of Minnesota was founded in the belief that people are ennobled by understanding. An inscription etched in 1928 on Northrop Memorial Auditorium still holds true today: Dedicated to the Advancement of Learning and the Search for Truth and Devoted to the Instruction of Youth and the Welfare of the State.

The University of Minnesota has a threefold mission: Research and Discovery; Teaching and Learning; and Outreach and Public Service. Through this mission the University of Minnesota strives to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.

The Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, part of the University’s Department of Ophthalmology, compliments all three prongs of the University’s mission in its own goals: to serve the community by providing donor eye tissue for transplant, research, and teaching and by promoting donation through education.

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Vision Share

Vision Share is a not-for-profit consortium of independent eye banks that supports its member eye banks, ensures surgeons receive the highest quality eye donor tissue and services, and promotes the highest achievable standards of eye donor tissue quality and donor screening for the benefit of recipients.

All Vision Share members are eye banks registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and accredited by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA). All members also conform to applicable licensure and regulations in their home states.

The Minnesota Lions Eye Bank is a charter member of Vision Share.

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Minnesota Lions Eye Bank is a member of Donate Life America's local coalition. Donate Life America is a not-for-profit alliance of national and local organizations working to inspire people to donate life through organ, tissue, and eye donation. Visit to learn more.