July 21, 2022 — Announced at the World Eye Bank Symposium, Eversight, a U.S.-based global eye bank nonprofit, was named as the Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations' (GAEBA) inaugural International Awardee under a new award program dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the eye bank sector.
A panel of independent international eye banking peers selected Eversight from a global pool of candidates. Eversight demonstrated significant achievements in establishing services in multiple countries and with multiple partnerships, and they exhibit a strong focus on increasing capacity for sustainable eye banking infrastructure at the local level by increasing quality and integrity of services.
The panel recognized that Eversight disseminated learnings and knowledge at a global level, making for a strong application. Their significant contributions to global eye banking and the alleviation of corneal blindness through supply of tissue below cost, as well as capacity building in selected countries, were commended by the panel.
“An estimated 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide—many with treatable conditions, but without access to care,” said Collin Ross, Vice President of Partner Relations & Global Development, Eversight.
“We are grateful for GAEBA’s recognition of our work to provide tissue and help developing countries establish their own eye banking infrastructure," Ross said. "Working together with local partners, Eversight is proud to help make eye donation and corneal transplantation a reality where the need is greatest."
This announcement was originally published on the Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations website.
Eversight is a nonprofit organization with a mission to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research. The Eversight network is responsible for recovering, evaluating and providing human eye tissue for transplantation; supporting research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions; promoting donation awareness through public and professional education; and providing humanitarian aid to people around the world in need of corneal transplantation. Operating in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and South Korea, Eversight works in collaboration with surgeons, researchers, academic medical centers and eye banks across the United States and abroad. For more information, visit eversightvision.org.