The Iowa Lions Eye Bank is a non-profit service organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of sight through the recovery, processing and distribution of human ocular tissue for transplantation and research, primarily in Iowa, but also throughout the world.
The Iowa Lions Eye Bank is affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.
Visitors are always welcome, and tours can be arranged for individuals or groups. Call 319-335-4888 or 1-866-HELP-SEE (toll free) with questions, tour requests, or club programs.
In 1954, Dr. Alson E. Braley, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa, saw the need for an eye bank in the Midwest and approached the Iowa Lions at the State Convention in Fort Dodge. They accepted the challenge, and the Iowa Lions Eye Bank was established at the University of Iowa Medical Center in 1955.
Meet our team at the Iowa Lions Eye Bank.
Read about some of our most important partners that help us in acheiving our mission of preserving and saving sight.
A short list of the most frequently asked questions of the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. This list will continue to grow ...
Iowa Lions Club
The Lions Clubs of Iowa are an integral part of the Iowa Lions Eye Bank operations. Through financial support and unwavering dedication, the Iowa Lions support ILEB in every endeavor. Volunteer Lions Transporters who participate in the Lions Transport program transport cornea tissue from the Western half of the State to the Eye Bank in Coralville almost daily.