The Mississippi Lions Eye bank was founded in 1971 with its primary objective being the recovery of corneal tissue for transplantation and/or research. MLEB is funded in part by the Lions Sight Foundation of Mississippi, the major fund raising arm of the Lions Clubs of Mississippi. MLEB houses its laboratory facilties in the Lions State Office Building.
Mississippi leads the nation in per capita blindness. Approxiamately 15-20% of those individuals could have their sight restored through a corneal transplant. Because of that fact, MLEB works diligently with all hospitals in the state of Mississippi (excluding Desoto County) to educate the public regarding the need for donation as well as to facilitate the donation process.
Once death occurs, families are given the information they need to make an informed decision regarding donation. If the family consents, MLEB will then coordinate the donation procedure.
MLEB works closely with hospitals to insure they meet all federal guidelines concerning the notification of potential donors as well as the donation process. MLEB provides ocular tissue for over 35 surgeons in the state of Mississippi and is a member of the Eye Bank Association of America.
The Mississippi Lions Eye Bank performs a battery of tests and examines each cornea individually before it is released for transplant.