Our History

SDS Eye Bank PlaqueSierra Donor Services Eye Bank (SDSEB) enjoys a distinguished history of providing the gift of sight in our communities for over four decades. In 1975, our eye bank was founded by the UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology and the Northern California Lions Sight Association, services expanded to include musculoskeletal, skin and cardiovascular banking in the 1980’s. UC Davis transferred their donation program to DCI Donor Services in 1996 changing the name to Sierra Eye and Tissue Donor Services.

The Lions Eye Bank of Middle Tennessee was founded in 1990 to serve those in the state of Tennessee. The eye bank merged with DCI Donor Services in 1999 becoming Tennessee Donor Services. Eye bank operations for both regions merged in 2012, and in 2014 DCI Donor Services created a new division, Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank.

 

Mission

Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank’s core purpose is “to save and enhance lives.” We do this by fostering an environment where selfless professionals are committed to life-changing work; our performance is measured by the impact we have on those who make transplant possible and those whose life is enhanced by these gifts. By supporting a local focus on donors, donor families, and the lives of those we impact, being a stable community member and putting patients first we can maximize the Gift of Sight.