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Changing Lives Every Day

Lions’ efforts in 2007 result in new therapy in 2018

General News

Physician clinicians and researchers in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa continue to make important research breakthroughs in the fight to combat Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a genetically inherited eye disease that causes babies to be born blind or children to go blind before reaching school age.

James Continues to Give After His Death

Every Life Has a Story

James Neisz  (Sep 23, 1968 - Apr 12, 2018)

James, from Arthur, IA, was happily married to the love of his life, Tanya, and had eight children, who were his pride and joy. James loved fishing and enjoyed anything to do with cars, old and new. Gathering with his family and friends brought great happiness to James, and he is dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Cornea Donation and Transplantation Brings New Connection to Lifelong Friends

Gift of Sight

“I know who my donor is.”

These were the first words cornea recipient Lynn Hauser said during a phone call to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank family services coordinator, Deb Schuett. Throughout her ten years as family services coordinator, Deb has had very few calls where a recipient believed to know their donor, and never were their suspicions correct.

Alex McVicker (Mar 22, 1983 - Dec 06, 2017)

Every Life Has a Story
Alex Charles McVicker was born on March 22, 1983, to Thomas and Catherine (VanMaanen) McVicker. Alex was born with severe health issues that he carried throughout his life; however these medical struggles never slowed him down.

Four ILEB corneas restore sight in Swaziland

General News

When former University of Iowa resident and fellow Dr. Matthew Ward needed corneal tissue for transplants during a recent mission trip to Swaziland with The Luke Commission (TLC), he immediately reached out to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank.

Heather McKiness

Gift of Sight
"January 31, 2018, I received the most beautiful gift of sight. Your loved one donated a cornea to me to love and grow, and just one week later, I could see 20/25."

Debbie Maynor

Gift of Sight
"The gift of restored sight is amazing. It allows me to continue to do what I love and begin new chapters in my life. I am able to participate with the next generation of our family."