Founded in 1953 by Baylor and the Lions Clubs of the Texas Gulf Coast, the Lions Eye Bank of Texas provides ocular tissues to surgeons across the Texas Gulf Coast and the United States and throughout North and South America.
The Lions Eye Bank of Texas joins two key resources for sight enhancement and improvement. Lions Clubs have demonstrated nearly a century of commitment to fighting for the correction and rehabilitation of sight-threatening conditions. The Department of Ophthalmology at Baylor provides the clinical resources of corneal specialists and others to assist in oversight, training and quality management of eye banking and corneal transplants. These combined resources create one of the leading eye banks in the United States.
Under the clinical leadership of an executive medical committee composed of corneal surgeons, the Lions Eye Bank of Texas procures over 1,400 eye donations every year to meet the needs of surgeons along the Texas Gulf Coast. The Lions Eye Bank of Texas service area includes Beaumont, Port Arthur, Nacogdoches, Corpus Christi, Victoria, and the Rio Grande Valley.
The Lions Eye Bank of Texas at Baylor received the highest level of accreditation granted by the Eye Bank Association of America. The Lions Eye Bank also functions as a public education center for eyesight, eye disease, and eye donation.