About the Eye Bank
The Mid South Eye Bank for Sight Restoration, Inc. is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to providing corneal tissue for transplant, ocular tissue for research and to promoting and supporting community education relative to organ, tissue and eye donation. We generally support over 300 surgeries each year using tissue recovered locally and tissue from other EBAA accredited eye banks across the nation. To accomplish this task, we employ surgical technicians who are available 24/7 to recover tissue, to advise nursing staffs regarding matters of donation and to insure the orderly delivery of tissue to the eye bank for screening testing and placement with transplanting surgeons.
We are the eye component within the DONORS5 local network and receive referrals from the network for donors of organ, tissues and eyes. If a donor is “ruled out” for organs or other tissue, they can often be good corneal donors due to the non-vascular nature of eye tissue.
The eye bank works with and within almost all the hospitals in Memphis, West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas and Desoto County, MS to recover eye tissue from consenting donors’ families and to promote donation among the staffs of those hospitals.
We provide tissue to physicians regionally and nationwide but our core of physicians are in the West Tennessee area. We value and appreciate our physician and hospital partners in our vision saving mission.