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Gift of sight is just a click away – donate your eyes

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This March will mark the 30th Annual National Eye Donor Month. The New Mexico Lions Eye Bank is celebrating this event by spreading the word on how important eye, organ and tissue donation is in helping improve and save lives.

National Eye Donor Month encourages all Americans to register as donors of eyes, organs and tissues.

Here are some important facts for you to consider if you are considering eye donation:

♦ Approximately 11.4 million Americans experience severe visual problems that are not correctable by glasses. Eye donations provide a precious second chance at clear vision for those with ocular diseases.

♦ More than 700,000 corneal transplants have been performed to restore sight to children as young as one day old and adults as old as 103.

♦ Each year eye banks across the country provide approximately 52,000 corneal grafts for transplantation.

Thankfully and miraculously, through eye donation and corneal transplants, vision that’s been lost to disease or injury or infection can be restored with a 90 percent success rate.

We continue to give thanks to eye donors and their families who offered one last remarkable gift because they had the foresight to become eye, organ and tissue donors.

Over 1,231,600 New Mexican’s have made a decision to donate life by registering to be eye, organ and tissue donors through their New Mexico driver’s license, ID card or through the New Mexico Donor Registry

At New Mexico Lions Eye Bank, we devote every day to the science, health and hope of connecting lives through donation and transplantation in New Mexico. But we can’t fulfill our mission and combat the staggering disparity in those who need transplants and available donors.

For more information about eye donation, you can visit the NM Lions Eye Bank web site at www.nmleb.org.

Remember, you can sign up as an eye, organ and tissue donor when you register for or renew your driver’s license or ID card. Of course, you don’t have to wait until your next visit to the MVD to join. You can also visit www.NMdonor.org today and follow the simple instructions to complete the registry sign-up.

If you do not have a driver’s license or Internet access, you may sign up by requesting a donor registration form by calling New Mexico Donor Services at 505-843-7672.

On behalf of those awaiting a transplant, I encourage you to join more than 1 million New Mexicans who are already committed to giving the gift of sight and life. It’s easy, and this small gesture can make a massive impact and save a life.

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