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<div class="ExternalClassBEAC6023C2814AD1A5879D42021DF04F"><h2>Seeing is believing<br></h2><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Eye Bank of BC</a> provides people in BC with the opportunity to choose eye donation. Individuals can leave a legacy by providing up to 8 people with corneal and sclera graft transplants. Tissue may also be used to further research efforts into the treatment and prevention of ocular disease. <br></p><ul><li><p><a href="" target="_blank">Find resources</a> - Literature, links, how to write correspondence to your donor family or to a recipient.</p></li><li><p><a href="" target="_blank">Make a financial donation</a> - You are vital to the transformation of health care.</p></li><li><p><a href="" target="_blank">How to become an eye donor</a> - Learn more about eye donation and how to register your wishes.<br></p></li></ul><p>Currently, there are over 400 BC residents in need of a cornea transplant. This number is expected to increase due to the aging patient population.   By choosing eye donation individuals have the opportunity to leave a legacy by providing up to 8 people with transplants of ocular tissue.<br></p><p><a href="">Frequently Asked Questions</a> on eye donation<br></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Research & articles</a><br></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Read donor stories</a><br></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Read recipient stories</a><br></p></div>855 West 12th Avenue Room 875-5316(604) 875-4567Toll-free in Canada: 1 (800) 667-2060V5Z 1M9BC<div class="ExternalClassD89A58E182804ECDB315FB39A0D2EA72"><p>​<a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-1376" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Download parking rates for VCH facilities</a><br></p></div>49.26179279999999,-123.12226220000002<div class="ExternalClassF7B703248FB14C9AAF37A83FBD98BDDA"><p></p></div><p>​</p><div class="ExternalClass0FF1E7A0E06C4EED8EA593F7CF67A412"><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Eye Bank of BC</a> website<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass516763CE32A843BD92AEE4201C3E46AC"><h2>​Who Can Donate?</h2><ul><li><p>Even people who wear glasses, who are blind, or suffer from cataracts or glaucoma may donate their eyes.</p></li><li><p>People with most forms of cancer may donate their eyes.</p></li><li><p>A thorough medical history review is completed at the time of death to ensure a person is eligible for eye donation.</p></li><li><p>A sample of ruleout conditions would include:</p></li><li><p>HIV, Hepatitis B, and/or Hepatitis C infection</p></li><li><p>ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s</p></li><li><p>Leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, melanoma, and ocular cancers</p></li></ul><h2>Who benefits from eye donation?</h2><ul><li><p>Up to two people may receive <a href="">corneal transplants</a>.</p></li><li><p>Up to six people may receive a <a href="">sclera graft</a>.</p></li><li><p>Tissue can be used to further research and education efforts into the treatment and prevention of ocular disease.</p></li><li><p>Donor families can derive a sense of comfort by knowing that their loved one has provided the gift of sight.</p></li></ul></div>Jim Pattison Pavilion North - Vancouver General Hospital

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