Governor Cuomo urges Residents to Consider Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

New Yorkers are offered multiple opportunities to sign up in the state’s Donate Life Registry. Last week when commemorating April as Donate Life Month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New Yorkers can now register as eye, organ, and tissue donors when they apply for health insurance through NY State of Health, New York State’s official health insurance marketplace.

Other ways New Yorkers can enroll include:

  • Applying for a New York State driver license, learner permit, or non-driver ID in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office or by visiting NYS Department of Motor Vehicles;
  • Applying for a free municipal ID card if a resident of New York City at nyc.gov/IDNYC (IDNYC is available to any city resident as a method of identification for various government and non-government services and offers additional NYC perks such as museum memberships);
  • Registering to vote as a New York State resident by visiting NYS Board of Elections;
  • By visiting The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration’s website and downloading the New York State Donate Life Registry form;
  • And by calling The Eye-Bank at (212) 742-9000 and asking to be sent an enrollment form in the mail.

By signing up in the New York State Donate Life Registry, you may someday make a difference for New Yorkers who are in need of sight-saving corneal transplants or life-saving organ and tissue transplants. Once enrolled, your specific wishes about eye, organ, and tissue donation will be entered and the New York State Department of Health will send you a letter confirming you are in the State’s Donate Life Registry.

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March is National Eye Donor Month

March 7, 2017

Contact:  Noel Mick

Email: nmick@ebsr.org

(212) 742-9000


Sign up in the Donate Life Registry now and you may someday leave the beautiful gift of sight to someone who is blind.  There is no cost to be a donor and even people who wear glasses, can donate.   According to The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, a non-profit organization serving the Greater New York City area, hundreds of men, women and children can be saved from blindness each year with sight-saving cornea transplants made possible with donor eye tissue.  And more than 10,000 other New Yorkers who are waiting for life-saving organ and tissue transplants can be helped through organ and tissue donation.  Donating your eyes and other organs at death can restore sight and health to persons in need.

There are a number of ways New Yorkers can sign up in the Donate Life Registry starting with when you are getting a new or renewed driver’s license either in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or when completing forms by mail.

All residents of New York City who apply for a free municipal ID card also have the option of enrolling to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor by completing the section provided on the application. IDNYC is available to any city resident regardless of immigration status as a method of identification for various government and non-government services. Go to nyc.gov/IDNYC to apply online or for more information.

Lastly, one can visit The Eye-Bank’s web site, www.eyedonation.org, and click on the “Become a Donor” button to download a form.  Or, call The Eye-Bank at (212) 742-9000 and ask to be sent an enrollment form in the mail. Whether you sign up when getting a new driver’s license, a free ID card, or by going to The Eye-Bank’s web site, the New York State Department of Health will send you a letter confirming you are in the State’s Donate Life Registry.

“I signed up!”

Once you sign up to become a donor, ask your family and friends to do the same.  Join the thousands of friends on Facebook who have posted their decision to donate on their status bars.  Or go to www.eyedonation.org and “like” The Eye-Bank on Facebook. 

For more information about eye donation and the good that it can do, call The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration (212) 742-9000 or go to www.eyedonation.org.

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Give the Gift of Sight at Any Age

February 14, 2017

Contact:  Noel Mick

Email: nmick@ebsr.org

(212) 742-9000


In conjunction with living an active and healthy lifestyle, consider enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry and you may someday leave the beautiful gift of sight to someone who is blind.  Age and wearing eyeglasses are not necessarily disqualifiers for donating and there is no cost to be a donor. According to The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, a non-profit organization serving the Greater New York City Area, hundreds of men, women, and children can be saved from blindness each year with sight-saving cornea transplants made possible with donor eye tissue.  And by signing up in the NYS Donate Life Registry, you might help make a difference for any number of the 10,000 New Yorkers who are waiting for life-saving organ and tissue transplants.

There are a number of ways New Yorkers can sign up in the Donate Life Registry, such as when you are getting a new or renewed driver’s license either in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or when completing forms by mail. Or go online to MyDMV and click on the New York State Donate Life Registry to be an eye, organ, and tissue donor. It’s easy and only takes a minute to sign up.

All residents of New York City who apply for a free municipal ID card also have the option of enrolling to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor by completing the section provided on the application. IDNYC is available to any city resident regardless of immigration status as a method of identification for various government and non-government services.

And lastly, you can visit The Eye-Bank’s website, www.eyedonation.org, and sign up by clicking on the “Become a Donor” button to download a form.  Or, call The Eye-Bank at (212) 742-9000 and ask to be sent an enrollment form in the mail. However you enroll, your specific wishes about eye, organ, and tissue donation will be entered and the New York State Department of Health will send you a letter confirming you are in the State’s Donate Life Registry.

 “I signed up!”

Once you sign up to become a donor, encourage your family and friends to do the same.  And go to www.eyedonation.org and “like” The Eye-Bank on Facebook. Registered donors can share their story with friends and urge others to sign up to give the gift of sight and life.

For more information about eye donation and the good that it can do, call The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration (212) 742-9000 or go to www.eyedonation.org.

Begin the New Year by helping others.  Sign up today.

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New Year’s Is the Time to Enroll

 

January 9, 2017

Contact:  Noel Mick

Email: nmick@ebsr.org

(212) 742-9000


Make enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry your New Year’s resolution and you may someday leave the beautiful gift of sight to someone who is blind.  There is no cost to be a donor and even people who wear glasses can donate. According to The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, a non-profit organization serving the Greater New York City Area, hundreds of men, women, and children can be saved from blindness each year with sight-saving cornea transplants made possible with donor eye tissue.  And by signing up in the NYS Donate Life Registry, you might help make a difference for any number of the 10,000 New Yorkers who are waiting for life-saving organ and tissue transplants. To date, there are more than three million individuals registered to become donors in New York’s Registry.  Be counted among them in 2017.

There are a number of ways New Yorkers can sign up in the Donate Life Registry, such as when you are getting a new or renewed driver’s license either in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or when completing forms by mail. Or go online to MyDMV at https://dmv.ny.gov and click on the New York State Donate Life Registry to be an eye, organ and tissue donor. It’s easy and only takes a minute to sign up.

All residents of New York City who apply for a free municipal ID card also have the option of enrolling to be an organ, eye and tissue donor by completing the section provided on the application. IDNYC is available to any city resident regardless of immigration status as a method of identification for various government and non-government services.

And lastly, you can visit The Eye-Bank’s website, www.eyedonation.org, and sign up by clicking on the “Become a Donor” button to download a form.  Or, call The Eye-Bank at (212) 742-9000 and ask to be sent an enrollment form in the mail. However you enroll, your specific wishes about eye, organ, and tissue donation will be entered and the New York State Department of Health will send you a letter confirming you are in the State’s Donate Life Registry.

 “I signed up!”

Once you sign up to become a donor, encourage your family and friends to do the same.  And go to www.eyedonation.org and “like” The Eye-Bank on Facebook. Registered donors can share their story with friends and urge others to sign up to give the gift of sight and life.

For more information about eye donation and the good that it can do, call The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration (212) 742-9000 or go to www.eyedonation.org.

Begin the New Year by helping others.  Sign up today.

xxx

 

 

Latest issue of International Journal of Eye Banking: Diane Marinho, M.D. researches how to transition to new cornea procedure in Southern Brazil public hospital

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Diane Marinho, M.D.

Diane Marinho, M.D., Medical Director for the Eye Bank of Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre in Porto Alegra, Brazil, and recipient of the 2015 Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship in International Eye Banking, spent a week with us last summer observing and preparing tissue for DSEK and DMEK procedures in our cornea laboratory. We were honored to host Dr. Marinho’s visit and share best practices in eye banking.

Dr. Marinho’s recently published an article highlighting these best practices in the latest issue of the International Journal of Eye Banking: “Transitioning from PK to DMEK in a Public Hospital in Southern Brazil: First Series of 24 Consecutive Cases.”

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Apple & Donate Life America Bring National Organ Donor Registration to iPhone

social media pic[Washington DC] July 5, 2016 Apple® and Donate Life America announced today that, for the first time ever, iPhone® users will be able to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor right from the Health app with the release of iOS 10 scheduled for this Fall. Through a simple sign up process, iPhone users can learn more and take action with just a few taps. All registrations submitted from iPhone are sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America. The ability to quickly and easily become a nationally-registered donor enables people to carry their decision with them wherever they go.

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