Our mission began in 1947 with the establishment of the fourth eye bank in the United States, then known as the Illinois Eye-Bank. Over time, nonprofit eye banks were established in every state to meet the critical demand for corneal tissue to treat preventable blindness.

  1. Michigan


    The Michigan Eye Collection Center was founded, serving Michiganders for nearly 30 years.  

  2. Connecticut


    The Connecticut Eye Bank was established, another eye bank that will later comprise the Eversight network.

  3. Establishment of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)


    The EBAA standardized eye banking, establishing requirements for facilities, tissue handling, documentation and ethics. In addition, the Association has played a critical role in legislative matters. Today, EBAA fosters eye banking technical skills development, knowledge sharing and collaboration across more than 50 member eye banks.

  4. Northeast Ohio


    Before Eversight became the eye bank serving Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Eye Bank, founded in 1964, served Ohioans for decades until it merged with Eversight in 2012.

  5. MEBTC


    The Illinois Eye-Bank joins with the Michigan Eye-Bank to form the Midwest Eye-Banks and Transplantation Center (MEBTC). Together, they provided more comprehensive and efficient care to both communities, their surgeons and patients. 

  6. MEBTC expands


    The former Upper Peninsula Lions Eye Bank in Marquette, Michigan affiliates with MEBTC. 

  7. MEBTC further expands


    The BroMenn-Watson Gailey Eye Bank in Illinois becomes a division of MEBTC, allowing the organization to serve both northern and central Illinois. 

  8. Midwest Eye-Banks


    Midwest Eye-Banks and Transplantation Center changes its name to Midwest Eye-Banks.  

  9. Midwest Eye-Banks expands


    The Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey joins Midwest EyeBanks. 

  10. Midwest Eye-Banks further expands


    Cleveland Eye Bank joins Midwest Eye-Banks.

  11. Eversight


    Midwest Eye-Banks rebrands, and the organization’s name is changed to Eversight. That same year, the Connecticut Eye Bank becomes an affiliate of Eversight, and Eversight establishes the first U.S.-owned and operated eye bank outside of the United States in South Korea. This network works together as a unified operation to deliver the highest quality services to surgeons and their patients and to continue to grow our impact around the world. 

  12. Eversight Center for Vision and Eye Banking Research


    Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the Eversight Center for Vision and Eye Banking Research is pioneering research that promises new therapies and discoveries to prevent blindness, including a new focus on retinal procurement, preparation and research to one day treat and prevent non-corneal vision loss. 

  13. Arizona


    Eversight expands eye banking services in Arizona in collaboration with Donor Network of Arizona, the state’s federally designated organ procurement organization. 

Today, our services reach beyond traditional eye banking by advancing treatments of all blinding eye diseases.

We recover, evaluate and provide human eye tissue for transplantation; support research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions; promote donation awareness through public and professional education; and provide humanitarian aid to people around the world in need of sight-restoring therapies. 

Our vision for the future is to expand our reach, connect more effectively with our communities and provide a life full of sight to anyone in need. 

Eversight maintains its commitment to excellence as an accredited member of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and by meeting the highest quality standards set by the Food and Drug Administration.

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