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Meet Angie Smith: Bringing Passion to Every Part of MIS

Angie Smith lights up when she talks about her job. Not just when she talks about the innovations and technical advances, or the donor interactions, or the recipient feedback. She lights up for all of it.

After 17 years with Miracles In Sight, Angie has done just about everything there is to do in the organization. And she still talks about it like it’s the most amazing place on earth.Read More

Chris Davis – Cornea Recipient

Chris Davis

Hi, My name Chris Davis, I’m a former U.S. Coast Guard swimming Instructor, and in 1991 I was diagnosed with an eye disease called KERATOCONUS, which is the thinning of the Cornea. Upon my initial diagnosis and beyond, My vision was a MESS!  Cars tail lights, especially at night, looked like airplane propellers and the basketball rim was an orange blur.  I often rendered undeserving salutes to fellow shipmates because I couldn’t see the rank insignia on his or her collar clearly.Read More

Success Story – Ashley, Donor Family

Hello,

This may come off as strange or invasive (I truly hope that it does not), however I’ve been wanting to reach out to you for some time now. My name is Ashley, and I am the daughter of the man who donated his eyes to you. I want you to know that upon the unexpected loss of my dad, receiving the news that he has helped someone so immensely brought great comfort to me and to the rest of my family. Read More

Success Story – Father Len, Cornea Recipient

Dear Special Messengers of Hope: 

As a recent recipient of a donated cornea, I can attest to how such a gift can be life changing. 

Following my procedure, the doctor said she had some good and bad news. She indicated I couldn’t have received a better graft, but it came from a young child, which makes this letter particularly difficult. 

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November is Eye Donation Month!

Eye Donation Month is held each November to help bring awareness to the importance of eye donation. All month long, Miracles in Sight, (with the help of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)) will help generate awareness about the need for eye donation, common misconceptions about the process, and life-changing opportunities that are created when recipients regain their sight through corneal transplants. This year, the theme is “The Power of You” – acknowledging the community of people involved in the journey to restore sight, and the power each person has to make a difference.

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A Fitting Tribute

Dean Vavra at Iowa Donor Garden

by Dean Vavra

This is my thirty-seventh official year as an eye banker, but in a way eye banking has been a part of my life much longer than that. A genetic eye disease called granular dystrophy type 2 afflicted my grandmother, my mother and four of my brothers. (I was lucky enough to escape the condition.) This is a particularly cruel form of blindness that causes lesions to grow on the cornea, and even after a corneal transplant these painful opacities grow back into the graft tissue. So, my mother, grandmother and siblings all required multiple corneal transplants. In fact, in the early 1950s, before I was born, my mother and grandmother had two of the first corneal transplants performed in America.Read More

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