Lions tour eye facility

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
On Monday, Feb 10, the West Liberty and West Branch Lion's Clubs joined together and toured the Iowa Lion's Eye Bank in Coralville.

The eye bank is a non-profit service organization that helps individuals facing issues with their eyes, from preserving to restoring sight. It also helps distribute human ocular tissue for transplants and research.

Club members and their spouses met at Flannigan's for an evening meal, then drove to the bank for a guided tour of the new facility, which opened in July 2013.

The Iowa Lion's Eye Bank has been an innovation in the field for more than 55 years. It provides quality tissue, education, research and support to those who work with the seeing impaired.

According to the Lion's Club cornea transplants depend on donations from other people. The club has been active with the eye bank for years.

The Iowa Lion's Eye Bank passionately serves to restore and enhance vision in Iowa, the United States and the world. It's affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Volunteers from the Lion's Club help transport goods from Coralville to Anamosa or from Eldridge to Dubuque. Wisconsin Lions relay the goods to Madison, Wis.

Prominent West Liberty Lions involved with the bank include Richard Hinkhouse, Bruce Jeffries, Dean Phelps, Mike Duytschaver and Jeff Owen.

For more information visit, or call 319-356-2871.
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