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Our Mission

The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank’s mission is to fulfill the wishes of eye donors and their families to help another overcome blindness through transplantation and research. Our dedication to this mission allows eye, organ, and tissue donors in Colorado and Wyoming to provide over 2,500 sight-restorative transplants each year. 

General Background

RMLEB is a community-based, non-profit eye bank founded in 1982 with sponsorship from the Lions Clubs of Colorado and Wyoming. We are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and accredited by the Eye Bank Association of America. Our donor recovery service area encompasses all of Colorado and most of Wyoming. Our transplant area is worldwide.

We are a full-service eye bank, meaning that in addition to recovering the donor eye tissue, we bring it to our facility where we prepare tissue grafts according to the needs and criteria of the eye surgeons we work with. Our tissue distribution starts with local surgeons' needs in Colorado and Wyoming, then expands to national and, finally, international placement. As a result of the high donation rate in our area, we have provided transplant corneas to nearly every state and over 20 countries.