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Lions World Vision Institute

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research and SightLife have come together under a new name: Lions World Vision Institute. Combined, we bring over 100 years resources, experiences, and innovations to successfully restoring sight to more than 500,000 people globally.

Now as one organization, Lions World Vision Institute offers a broader, worldwide network of eye banks, physicians, researchers, and community-based services to exponentially increase our impact, as we restore sight for more than 20,000 men, women, and children every year who needlessly suffer from corneal blindness or low-vision. More than ever before, this places our teams in a unique position to offer powerfully transformative sight services to even more people across the globe. We invite you to join us as we become the global leader in sight restoration. Explore our services for organ, eye and tissue donor families and recipients of transplanted tissues, ophthalmologists, research scientists, visually impaired people everywhere, and all those who honor vision as a basic human right. We look forward to working with you….

So the world can see.

Who We Are

Lions World Vision Institute is a nonprofit organization committed to honoring vision as a basic human right. Our work extends around the globe and includes donor family and recipient support, advanced tissue preparation for transplant cases, innovative research and technology development, eye bank and surgeon training programs, pediatric vision services, and community-based education in local and international communities for those who are visually impaired. With our worldwide ecosystem of eye banks, surgeons, and research leaders, we work tirelessly to honor a donor’s gift by protecting and supporting sight restoration for hundreds of thousands of people—transforming lives around the world…. So the world can see.

Our cornerstone services include:

  • Donation and Transplant Services: We are a global leader in transplant facilitation, working closely with donor families, transplant recipients, hospitals, and surgeons to provide hope and healing through cornea and tissue transplantation.
  • Research & Innovation: Our medical innovations and research breakthroughs are designed to streamline cornea transplant procedures for surgeons and improve clinical outcomes for patients.
  • Prevention & Education: Our nationally recognized community programs provide thousands of children free access to eye care every year – protecting their right to clear sight

With over 100 years of combined work, we have helped provide the life-transformative gift of sight to more than 500,000 men, women, and children worldwide.

Our Mission

To elevate standards in sight restoration, tissue transplantation, research, and education.

Since Inception in 1969


have had their sight restored

A young woman who had her sight restored through our Gratis Ocular Tissue Program in partnership with Dr. Herbert Knauf during his mission trip to Honduras in 2018.

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Give now to restore sight and enhance quality-of-life for tissue recipients.

The work of the Lions World Vision Institute is made possible through the generosity of our supporters. When you make a gift to the Lions World Vision Institute, you support cutting edge ocular research, sight restoration, surgeon training, vision screenings, and so much more.

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Eye Ball 2023: Celebrating 50 Years!

The Eye Ball is Lions World Vision Institute’s largest fundraising event of the year! Join us on September 9th as we gather to celebrate 50 years of providing the gift of sight to over 500,000 individuals. We’re excited to share in an evening of fun, friendship, and fundraising as we honor this year’s Person of Vision. You won’t want to miss this must-attend event.  This year’s disco themed event will transport you back to our beginnings in 1973 with a cocktail reception, live auction, seated dinner, dancing, live music by Tampa Bay’s own #NoFilter, and much more. So grab your disco shoes and register today at www.EyeBall23.org. Black tie optional – bright colors, sequins, and fringe encouraged!

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