Many factors determine whether or not a person meets donation criteria, but most people can be donors. Some things that DO NOT necessarily prevent one from being a donor are: age, cataracts, prior surgeries (including laser eye surgery), most cancers, and poor vision. Feel free to contact the eye bank if you have questions about a specific condition and its impact on donation.
- Donation must occur within hours of death.
- Donors are treated with dignity and respect.
- Minnesota Lions Eye Bank practices both whole eye and in situ (cornea only) donation.
- While the cornea (the clear tissue in the front of the eye) is the only part of the eye regularly transplanted, the sclera (white of the eye) can also be used in some surgeries.
- The entire eye can be used for research and education.