Southern Eye Bank is a non-profit eye bank based in New Orleans and supplies eye tissue to ophthalmologists in Louisiana, throughout the United States, and internationally. Southern Eye Bank was founded in 1947, is the fourth oldest eye bank in the United States and the only one in the southern United States until 1953. Southern Eye Bank is a fully accredited charter member of the Eye Bank Association of America.
When someone has a corneal blindness, the only cure is a cornea tranplant. There is no substitute for a human cornea. When someone passes away, their eye tissue can be used for transplant and restore sight.
To preserve and restore sight, the Southern Eye Bank recovers, processes and distributes donor tissue for ocular surgery and research based on need.
We educate the public about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation but we are eye specific and that is our focus. We encourage people to register to be donors.
We also work with and educate hospital and other entities about the donation process (someone passes away and had registered to be a donor or their family consents to donation).
Our current logo is somewhat dated in our opinion and people often confuse us with lending institutions (banks). The confusion seems to be because the current logo's "eye" can be hard to see (no pun intended).