Funeral directors have been an important part of facilitating the gift of sight through eye donation for more than 30 years! Trained Minnesota funeral directors began removing eyes for the eye bank in 1974, and some funeral directors in greater Minnesota still serve as volunteer eye recovery technicians.

Statutes require funeral directors and donation agencies to work together to carry out donation prior to embalming. Eye, tissue, and organ donation agencies collaborate to make shared donation cases go as smoothly and as quickly as possible.

We are deeply grateful to the funeral directors who partner with us to serve donors and donor families who wish to give the gift of sight. Thank you for four decades of support.

Please direct any questions or feedback on the eye donation process and how it involves the funeral home to:

Sara McFee, Donor Development Manager
Minnesota Lions Eye Bank
1000 Westgate Drive – Suite 260
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 612-624-8952
Toll-free: 1-866-887-4448
Fax: 612-625-4295
Email: mcfee004@umn.edu