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Join us at the Iowa Heartlanders game

General News

In recognition of Eye Donation Month, Iowa Lions Eye Bank will be having a special night at the Iowa Heartlanders game at 6:35 pm on Wednesday, November 8 at the Xtream Arena in Coralville.

Three dollars from each ticket purchased at this link will benefit ILEB. 

Iowa woman had the 'greatest smile'

Every Life Has a Story

George Rickey says his wife, Sally, had the “greatest smile you ever would see.”

In fact, smiles are what brought them together.

They met in Columbus, Ohio, after appearing on a radio show called “Desperate & Dateless,” that was like “The Dating Game.”

2022 Impact Map

General News

A total of 927 Iowa donors provided corneal transplant tissue for 687 recipients in 2022. Additional gifted corneas were used for research and educational purposes to advance knowledge of blindness-causing diseases and transplantation techniques. See the full image.

9,074 Miles to Miracles - Iowa Lions Eye Bank Restoring Sight in Eswatini

Gift of Sight

Iowa Lions Eye Bank (ILEB) provides the gift of sight to those in need of a corneal transplant—whether the recipients reside in Iowa or more than 9,000 miles away in one of the smallest countries in Africa. Through the eye bank’s long-standing relationship with Dr. Matthew S.

2022 Celebration of Hope & Renewal

General News

The Iowa Lions Eye Bank Celebration of Hope & Renewal took place on Saturday, May 21, 2022 in the Iowa Lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden. The Iowa Lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden honors and celebrates the gifts given by Iowa families and the work of all who facilitate and support the donation and transplantation process.

Donor Heroes

Gift of Sight

Charlie Hewitt from Parkersburg, Iowa, understands the gift of donation from both sides. Six years before Charlie received the gift of sight through a corneal transplant—thanks to the altruism of a deceased cornea donor—his wife, Judy Hewitt, received the gift of life through a kidney transplant.