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‘The yellow finch’
Nov 30, 2022
When Lee Elmore failed her driver’s test and could no longer see street signs while navigating for her husband, Larry, she knew it was time to make the paramount decision about eye surgery. Larry could also tell that Lee’s vision was gradually getting worse at a more rapid... read more
When Lee Elmore failed her driver’s test and could no longer see street signs while... read more
Current Practice Patterns for IOL Calculations in Patients with Corneal Disease | Eversight webinar recap
Oct 6, 2022
By Michael Szkarlat, Partner Development Director Oct. 6, 2022 — We were joined by Dr. Kamran Riaz, MD of Dean McGee Eye Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City for our September 2022 webinar. Dr. Riaz led us through the very latest IOL calculations for patients with... read more
By Michael Szkarlat, Partner Development Director Oct. 6, 2022 — We were joined by Dr.... read more
Artificial iris or artificial cornea: A tale of two protheses | Eversight webinar recap
Aug 9, 2022
By Michael Szkarlat, Partner Development Director Aug. 9, 2022 — We were joined by Ahmed Omar, MD, PhD, of University Hospital Eye Institute at Case Western Reserve University for our July 2022 webinar. Dr. Omar led us on a journey describing applications of two prostheses used by corneal... read more
By Michael Szkarlat, Partner Development Director Aug. 9, 2022 — We were joined by Ahmed... read more
Cataract surgery in Fuchs’ dystrophy | Eversight webinar recap
Jul 8, 2022
By Michael Szkarlat, Partner Development Director July 8, 2022 — We were joined by Divya Srikumaran, MD, of Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute for our June 2022 webinar. She discussed her algorithm for the management of cases with concurrent cataracts and Fuchs’ endothelial corneal... read more
By Michael Szkarlat, Partner Development Director July 8, 2022 — We were joined by Divya... read more
‘My transplant changed my life’
Nov 22, 2021
Connie Neese is not one to shy away from a challenge, but when she learned she would need a cornea transplant, Connie was understandably hesitant.  The Jackson Eye Openers Lion suffers from a genetic condition called Fuchs’ dystrophy, which can lead to visual impairment and eye... read more
Connie Neese is not one to shy away from a challenge, but when she learned she... read more
Nov 3, 2021
Every November, we join our Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) colleagues to celebrate the life-changing impact of cornea donation and transplantation—and recognize all those who donate the gift of sight for others for transplantation or critically needed vision research. Eye Donation Month... read more
Every November, we join our Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) colleagues to celebrate the... read more
‘What a gift it is’
Oct 27, 2021
Vanessa Rubin’s sight was restored with two cornea transplants. In the time of COVID-19, where so many things have been taken away from people, Vanessa is extremely grateful to have received the gift of sight that has improved her life greatly. “I don’t think any of us take eyesight... read more
Vanessa Rubin’s sight was restored with two cornea transplants. In the time of COVID-19,... read more
Eversight receives 2021 Healthcare Hero Award for COVID-19 research
Jul 27, 2021
CLARK, N.J., July 27, 2021 — Eversight has been named a 2021 Healthcare Hero by NJBIZ, New Jersey's leading business journal, for the organization’s ongoing research into COVID-19 and the eye. The annual Healthcare Heroes Awards program recognizes excellence, promotes innovation and... read more
CLARK, N.J., July 27, 2021 — Eversight has been named a 2021 Healthcare Hero by NJBIZ, New... read more
Eversight honors sight advocates across five states for exceptional work in restoring sight and preventing blindness
Jul 6, 2021
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 6, 2021 — Eversight awarded five individuals and organizations across Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio with the 2021 Shared Vision Awards. Since 2009, the Eversight Shared Vision Awards have recognized those who offer extraordinary support of... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 6, 2021 — Eversight awarded five individuals and organizations across... read more
Celebrating 50 years in New Jersey: 1970-2020
Dec 31, 2020
In 1970, a group of men and women known as the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs—a fraternal organization working to promote personal and social development— saw a critical Garden State need. They collaborated with the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey on a plan. The need was the... read more
In 1970, a group of men and women known as the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs—a fraternal... read more
Eversight-led research confirms presence of SARS-CoV-2 in postmortem ocular tissue
Nov 19, 2020
CLEVELAND, Nov. 19, 2020 — Eversight today announced research findings showing a small but noteworthy prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in ocular tissues from individuals who died from COVID-19. The findings were presented Nov. 7 at the 2020 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum and Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in... read more
CLEVELAND, Nov. 19, 2020 — Eversight today announced research findings showing a small but... read more
One child’s heroic battle with cancer leads to immeasurable good
Nov 18, 2020
Patti Gustafson and her husband Allen lead the Swifty Foundation, established with their late son, Michael, to raise research funds and awareness for the pediatric brain cancer he battled before his death at age 15. Patti recently spoke to our Eversight staff and at our Illinois gathering of... read more
Patti Gustafson and her husband Allen lead the Swifty Foundation, established with their late... read more
Oct 30, 2020
Every November, we join our Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) colleagues to celebrate the life-changing impact of cornea donation and transplantation—and recognize all those who donate the gift of sight for others for transplantation or critically needed vision research. This year, Eye... read more
Every November, we join our Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) colleagues to celebrate the... read more
Michigan healthcare leaders, Muslim communities to convene on ‘Building Healthy Communities’ and lifegiving donation/transplantation Nov. 19
Oct 28, 2020
‘Profound Conversation’ hosted by Eversight and the Muslim Life Planning Institute ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 28, 2020 — Eversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network, and Muslim Life Planning Institute (MLPI), a national community-building organization, will host “Building Healthy... read more
‘Profound Conversation’ hosted by Eversight and the Muslim Life Planning Institute ANN ARBOR,... read more
COVID-19 & the eye
Oct 15, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE, July 2021: The Eversight-led research discussed throughout this post has been peer reviewed and published in The Ocular Surface. The scientific knowledge surrounding COVID-19 continues to grow and evolve. Based on available data, Eversight discontinued post-mortem SARS-CoV-2 testing... read more
EDITOR'S NOTE, July 2021: The Eversight-led research discussed throughout this post has been peer... read more
Foundation Grant Benefits the Gift of Sight in Southwest Michigan
Oct 5, 2020
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 5, 2020 — Eversight has received a $4,000 grant through the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation (MGCF) to support its uninterrupted clinical operations for sight restoration in Cass and Berrien counties. The Buchanan Area Fund and the Ann Cone Fund for Niles... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 5, 2020 — Eversight has received a $4,000 grant through the Michigan... read more
Eversight honors sight advocates in four states for exceptional mission support
Aug 11, 2020
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 11, 2020 — A Michigan ophthalmologist and philanthropic advocate, an Ohio organ procurement organization, the mother of a New Jersey cornea and eye tissue donor, a supply chain technology and innovations firm, and an Illinois Lions Club have all been honored with... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 11, 2020 — A Michigan ophthalmologist and philanthropic advocate, an... read more
Eversight awarded targeted research grant to analyze COVID-19 effects on eye donation
Jun 8, 2020
CLEVELAND, June 8, 2020 — Eversight has been awarded an Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) Targeted Research Grant to investigate COVID-19 testing of potential eye tissue donors and how COVID-19 infection affects the safety of eye tissues donated for sight-restoring transplants. Individuals... read more
CLEVELAND, June 8, 2020 — Eversight has been awarded an Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)... read more
Ongoing COVID-19 updates from Eversight
May 18, 2020
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How COVID-19 is impacting Eversight’s mission
May 4, 2020
By David Bosch, President/CEO May 4, 2020 — Since COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on corneal transplants were announced, we have worked to keep our many valued partners – surgeons and researchers, eye banking and Lions partners, and advocates – apprised of how the crisis has impacted our... read more
By David Bosch, President/CEO May 4, 2020 — Since COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on corneal... read more
Faith-based, healthcare leaders to convene Arena™ ‘Profound Conversations’ April 4 addressing organ, eye and tissue donation, transplantation
Mar 9, 2020
UPDATE (9 a.m. ET, Oct. 28, 2020) — This event has been rescheduled. Please see our news announcement for complete details.Southeast Michigan initiative intended for replication in additional U.S. cities ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 9, 2020 — Eversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network,... read more
UPDATE (9 a.m. ET, Oct. 28, 2020) — This event has been rescheduled. Please see our news... read more
Join the Illinois Auxiliary Board
Feb 26, 2020
Eversight, a 501(c)3 charitable organization established in Chicago in 1947, is the largest nonprofit eye bank network. We work with the families of those who donate the gift of sight, and with surgeons and researchers to ensure safe, successful sight-restoring transplants for more than 8,000... read more
Eversight, a 501(c)3 charitable organization established in Chicago in 1947, is the largest... read more
Eversight partners with rising stars in eye banking
Feb 25, 2020
By Diane Hollingsworth, Executive Vice President of External Relations Feb. 26, 2020 — Every two years, the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) selects nominated corneal surgeons who have been identified as emerging leaders to participate in the EBAA Physician Leadership Program. The program... read more
By Diane Hollingsworth, Executive Vice President of External Relations Feb. 26, 2020 — Every two... read more
Grant Supports Sight Restoration for Connecticut Patients in Need
Dec 17, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Dec. 17, 2019 — Eversight recently received a $25,000 grant from the Connecticut Eye Bank and Visual Research Foundation to help restore eyesight to under- or uninsured patients in Connecticut unable to afford the cost of a cornea transplant surgery. In 2019, Eversight waived... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Dec. 17, 2019 — Eversight recently received a $25,000 grant from the Connecticut... read more
#EyeDonationMonth
Nov 30, 2019
This month we celebrate eye donation and the power YOU have to make vision a reality. Whether you're learning about eye donation for the first time or are a donor family member like Alice Walsh, YOU have the power to restore sight and prevent blindness. Spread the power of eye donation... read more
This month we celebrate eye donation and the power YOU have to make vision a... read more
Eversight Awarded $50,000 to Investigate Cell Expansion to Address Global Cornea Shortage
Nov 12, 2019
CLEVELAND, Nov. 12, 2019 — Eversight today announced the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) awarded a $50,000 High Impact Research Grant to the organization and its research partners to investigate cell expansion aiming to mitigate the global shortage of surgical-quality donor corneas... read more
CLEVELAND, Nov. 12, 2019 — Eversight today announced the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)... read more
LLamasoft Partners with Global Eye Bank, Eversight
Oct 8, 2019
Leveraging leading supply chain optimization and simulation technology to maximize the impact of nonprofit’s mission to restore sight and prevent blindness ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 8, 2019 – LLamasoft, the leading provider of enterprise supply chain design and decision-making solutions, is proud... read more
Leveraging leading supply chain optimization and simulation technology to maximize the impact of... read more
Eversight first to offer preloaded DMEK in DORC tube
Sep 24, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 24, 2019 — Eversight today announced it is the first eye bank to prepare preloaded Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) tissue in the Melles DORC tube, offering corneal surgeons more preloaded tissue options that further streamline surgeries and reduce... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 24, 2019 — Eversight today announced it is the first eye bank to prepare... read more
Eversight relocates Ann Arbor headquarters to larger facility
Aug 27, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 27, 2019 — Eversight today announced it has moved its headquarters to a state-of-the-art facility located at 3985 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. The office and laboratory space brings all Michigan clinical, philanthropic and business team members under one roof.... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 27, 2019 — Eversight today announced it has moved its headquarters to a... read more
Chicago Philanthropist Sherry Lea Holson, Eye Surgeon David M. Lubeck to be Honored at ‘Mystery Masquerade’ Benefiting Sight Restoration
Aug 13, 2019
Update 10/23/19: Preview the silent and live auction packages available! CHICAGO, Aug. 13, 2019 — Chicago’s business and civic communities will gather Oct. 24 to celebrate philanthropist Sherry Lea Holson as its 2019 Woman of Vision and surgeon David M. Lubeck, M.D., as its 2019 Gift of... read more
Update 10/23/19: Preview the silent and live auction packages available! CHICAGO, Aug. 13, 2019... read more
Eversight Awards 2019 Eye & Vision Research Grants
Jul 22, 2019
CLEVELAND, July 22, 2019—Eversight today announced it has awarded grants through the Eversight Center for Vision and Eye Banking Research to investigators at Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan Medical School, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Wayne State University School... read more
CLEVELAND, July 22, 2019—Eversight today announced it has awarded grants through the Eversight... read more
Eversight Names Vision Scientist Onkar Sawant Director of Research
Jul 10, 2019
CLEVELAND, July 10, 2019 — Eversight announces the appointment of Onkar B. Sawant, Ph.D., as Director of Research to oversee the organization’s extensive research initiatives that aim to advance the field of vision science and eye banking practices to improve outcomes for patients. Sawant will... read more
CLEVELAND, July 10, 2019 — Eversight announces the appointment of Onkar B. Sawant, Ph.D., as... read more
David Bosch Named Eversight President/CEO
Jul 1, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 1, 2019 — The Eversight Board of Directors today announced the appointment of David Bosch as president/CEO of the nonprofit organization, which operates in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and South Korea to restore sight and prevent blindness through... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 1, 2019 — The Eversight Board of Directors today announced the appointment... read more
Gift of Sight Golf Classic in Michigan
Jun 15, 2019
The Gift of Sight Golf Classic in partnership with the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club. Saturday, June 15, 2019 9:30 a.m. shotgun start Washtenaw Golf and Country Club 2955 Packard St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197 $145 per golfer Includes 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast, awards, tee gift,... read more
The Gift of Sight Golf Classic in partnership with the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club. Saturday,... read more
Science With Scarlett
Jun 15, 2019
Science With Scarlett is a children's picture book series about a young girl scientist and her teddy bear assistant who do amazing experiments with the reader.The first book in the series is What Color Will It Be? and 15% of the proceeds go to Eversight! Discover something new with Scarlett and... read more
Science With Scarlett is a children's picture book series about a young girl scientist and her... read more
2019 Eye & Vision Research Grants
Apr 12, 2019
The Eversight Eye and Vision Research Grant Program provides funding to emerging and established investigators for new and pioneering research. Awards range from $10,000–$25,000. Grants are intended as seed money to develop promising foundational research, collect initial data and... read more
The Eversight Eye and Vision Research Grant Program provides funding to emerging and... read more
Donor family tribute in Illinois
Mar 9, 2019
Their light shines on Donor family tribute  Saturday, March 9, 2019 Invitation-only event On this day of remembrance we honor those who shared the gift of sight. The starfish is symbolic of healing and renewal, and the donor family tribute is the perfect time to reflect on a loved one's unique and... read more
Their light shines on Donor family tribute  Saturday, March 9, 2019 Invitation-only event On this... read more
November is Eye Donation Month!
Nov 30, 2018
Since it was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, Eye Donation Month is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the importance of registering to be a donor, cornea donation and transplantation. This year’s Eye Donation Month campaign is centered around the theme The Power of... read more
Since it was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, Eye Donation Month is the perfect... read more
DMEK wet lab training
Nov 10, 2018
UCONN Outpatient Pavilion 135 Dowling Way Farmington, CT 06030 Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018  8 a.m.—3 p.m. Registration fee $1,000 Includes Breakfast and lunch DMEK Complete SPS > (yours to take home) Please join us for our DMEK training wet lab featuring Dr. Lorenzo Cervantes... read more
UCONN Outpatient Pavilion 135 Dowling Way Farmington, CT 06030 Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018  8... read more
Night for Sight, Cleveland Museum of Art
Nov 5, 2018
Tickets & sponsorshipsNovember 5, 2018  6:30 p.m.
  Cleveland Museum of Art 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH, 44106 Cocktails, dinner & program Co-chairs: Jonathan Lass, M.D. and Allen Roth, M.D. 
Legacy Award: William J. Reinhart, M.D., corneal surgeon and past Medical Director of the... read more
Tickets & sponsorshipsNovember 5, 2018  6:30 p.m.
  Cleveland Museum of Art 11150 East Blvd.,... read more
Cornea transplants offer young recipient a chance for an enriched life
Oct 31, 2018
Duaa Babekr was just 4 years old when she began experiencing vision problems. Realizing their daughter—the second oldest of their five children—would have to struggle to do things that came naturally to other kids was heartbreaking for her parents, but they tried to stay positive. “It... read more
Duaa Babekr was just 4 years old when she began experiencing vision problems. Realizing their... read more
Oct 31, 2018
Born with congenital glaucoma, Lily Schlafauser has dealt with eye problems since birth. She underwent her first cornea transplant at just 15 months old, and has had three more since. "Constant doctors visits, surgeries and eye drops have become a normal part of her life," said Lily's mother,... read more
Born with congenital glaucoma, Lily Schlafauser has dealt with eye problems since birth. She... read more
Oct 31, 2018
Alicia Linde was 16 years old when she was diagnosed with glaucoma. Suddenly, as a high school student, she was thrown into a world of eye tests, doctor visits and the prospect of losing her sight in just a matter of years. “It was very hard to feel normal at that age when you’re dealing... read more
Alicia Linde was 16 years old when she was diagnosed with glaucoma. Suddenly, as a high school... read more
Saturday for Sight
Sep 15, 2018
Eversight Auxiliary Board Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 1–4 p.m. Cost: $65 general admission, $75 at the door Joy District 112 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654 Join the Eversight Auxiliary Board for our annual Saturday for Sight fundraiser, and help us eliminate preventable corneal blindness in our... read more
Eversight Auxiliary Board Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 1–4 p.m. Cost: $65 general admission, $75 at... read more
8th annual Sighting in on Vision sporting clay shoot
Aug 25, 2018
Sporting clay shoot Grand Blanc Huntsman’s Club Saturday, August 25, 2018 11 a.m.—3:30 p.m. Enjoy an unforgettable day of sporting clay shooting, food, beverages and awards in Grand Blanc, Mich. Sign up as an individual or join as a team, and don’t forget to take advantage of the... read more
Sporting clay shoot Grand Blanc Huntsman’s Club Saturday, August 25, 2018 11 a.m.—3:30... read more
‘Eversight is committed to supporting research that may potentially lead to innovative therapies and treatments’
Aug 7, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Eversight has awarded five grants totaling $95,000 through its Center for Eye and Vision Research. The awards were determined by an independent review panel composed of distinguished scientists, ophthalmologists and health services researchers, who selected projects that... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Eversight has awarded five grants totaling $95,000 through its Center for Eye... read more
Colton’s story
Apr 24, 2018
In the middle of a hot Michigan summer, Colton Thompson and his brothers set off for the pond on the family’s property. Colton’s brother had saved up money for a shiny new fishing lure, and it was time to test it out. Along the water’s edge Colton knelt down to tie his shoe, just as... read more
In the middle of a hot Michigan summer, Colton Thompson and his brothers set off for the pond... read more
Eversight names David Bosch as new President
Apr 17, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — David Bosch, an Illinois native and 22-year veteran in eye, organ and tissue donation, has been promoted to President of Eversight, a nonprofit organization restoring sight and preventing blindness around the world. A respected leader in the field of eye banking, Bosch most... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — David Bosch, an Illinois native and 22-year veteran in eye, organ and tissue... read more
Cornea Society bestows highest award to Eversight Medical Director
Apr 2, 2018
Alan Sugar, M.D., a current member of the Eversight Medical Advisory Board, has been awarded the Cornea Society’s Castroviejo Medal, the highest honor given by the organization. The medal, named in honor of Ramon Castroviejo, the father of modern cornea transplant surgery, is given each year... read more
Alan Sugar, M.D., a current member of the Eversight Medical Advisory Board, has been awarded the... read more
Eversight Board members inducted into Michigan Lions Hall of Fame
Feb 9, 2018
When Gary Babcock and Robert (Bob) Sturgis, two devoted Eversight Board members, became Lions more than four decades ago, it was never for personal recognition or public gratitude. They just wanted to make a difference in their communities and state. In acknowledgement of their significant... read more
When Gary Babcock and Robert (Bob) Sturgis, two devoted Eversight Board members, became Lions more... read more
Donor family meets researcher
Nov 7, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Tim Anegon's only hope for survival was a liver transplant. When his wife, Coleen, received the phone call that one was available, she and her two daughters knew it was only possible because another family was experiencing the grief of losing a loved one. Sadly, Tim passed... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Tim Anegon's only hope for survival was a liver transplant. When his wife,... read more
Grant helps Chicago’s uninsured
Nov 7, 2017
Eversight received a $14,000 grant from Impact 100 Chicago for its Gift of Sight program that provides charitable tissue services to patients needing a cornea transplant at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The mission of Impact 100 Chicago is to award grants to local nonprofit... read more
Eversight received a $14,000 grant from Impact 100 Chicago for its Gift of Sight program that... read more
A gift for knowledge
Nov 7, 2017
June 15, 2017—Eversight is brimming with some of the most knowledgeable and talented professionals in eye banking because of a commitment to employee development. That promise to cultivate staff growth and skill continues thanks to the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation and a $10,000 grant to... read more
June 15, 2017—Eversight is brimming with some of the most knowledgeable and talented... read more
Vision for a nation
Sep 11, 2017
Joining forces with the country’s leading hospitals and vision health organizations, Eversight is developing sustainable solutions to assist the nearly 250,000 Pakistanis suffering with blindness. Collin Ross, Vice President of Global Development, is leading the initiative approved in... read more
Joining forces with the country’s leading hospitals and vision health organizations, Eversight is... read more