On June 15, the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce held a networking and showcase event at the Lions Eye Institute which proved to be an educational experience for all who participated. The event provided an opportunity to learn about a unique facility which has assisted millions of people worldwide.
The Lions Eye Institute is the world’s only combined Eye Bank and Ocular Research Facility. During the event, CEO Jason Woody, gave a presentation which highlighted the history of the foundation as well as the results they have earned. During the presentation Jason explained that since 2005 over 21,000 men, women and children have directly been able to receive the gift of sight through the Lions Eye Institute.
On average, the facility receives over 3,000 cornea donations a year which are then used in transplants and medical research. In addition to this work, the Lions Eye Institute stays active in the Tampa community with their “Eye Ball Gala” and “Race for Sight” events which they hold every year to help raise money for ocular research and treatment.
Following the presentation, a guided tour was led by both the Foundation Coordinator and the Scientific Director, Mitchell McCartney. On the tour guests learned how the institute recovers, processes, and ships cornea donations all over the world. Their work has not only impacted individuals in the United States, but also in countries like Latin America and Africa.
During the tours both the Foundation Coordinator and the Scientific Director demonstrated their exceptional knowledge of their work and how they go about it. There were multiple instances of questions being asked by individuals on the tour which only added to the educational experience and the discussion of ocular transplant and research.
The Indo-US event helped showcase an amazing facility here in Tampa and the incredible work that they do. If you want to learn more about the Lions Eye Institute and how you can get involved visit their website!
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