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Every person in need deserves the “Gift of Sight”

Our nonprofit agency works with physician partners in the US and around the world to fight treatable and preventable blindness by providing tissue for both transplant and research.

Among our many humanitarian projects, we have worked with surgeons who have traveled to the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Asia, and Africa to support some very disadvantaged communities. The impact of these mission trips is substantial as this might be the only opportunity for some to receive any form of ophthalmic care. Many of these missions not only directly impact the patients being treated but involve training local nurses and physician on ophthalmic procedures that can have a lasting impact on the community.

One of the leaders of the international effort to treat those suffering from corneal blindness is Dr. Mark J. Mannis, Medical Director for the Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank. Dr. Mannis has traveled on multiple missions around the world as part of the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital. He has led comprehensive skills exchange programs aimed at strengthening the field of corneal surgery and raising awareness of eye care related conditions.

Domestically, we are also sharing the light. In Tennessee, SDSEB Associate Medical Director, Dr. Erich Groos has been awarded Volunteer of the Year by Prevent Blindness Tennessee. Dr. Groos initiated a program for indigent Tennesseans and performs multiple gratis surgeries every year. This program is continuing as a partnership between local community health clinics and the Eye Surgery Center of Nashville, of which, Dr. Groos is a founding partner.

The Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank is proud to partner with leaders in ophthalmology that care about giving back to their community and helping the disadvantaged all over the world. We are thrilled to help those that we can, but the need is great. If you would like to help us restore sight and impact the lives of more people, please see the links below.

Many talented and compassionate people are involved in helping to give the people of underserved populations the gift of sight. We are all working to fight curable and avoidable blindness around the globe. Through programs such as the Flying Eye Hospital and Prevent Blindness Tennessee, we can offer not just corneas recovered by SDS Eye Bank, but also skills-exchange opportunities to a wide range of eye health care professionals while focusing on the development of pediatric ophthalmology, an area of great need in disadvantaged countries.

– Mark Mannis, MD

Medical Director