New eye center focuses on cornea donation

News-Press | Casey Logan

A recovery coordinator prepares to remove a cornea at the Ybor City main office in the Tampa area. A branch office of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research has opened in Fort Myers to better serve people here and throughout Florida. (Photo: Special to The News-Press)

A Fort Myers branch office has opened to better serve those in need of corneal transplants.

The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research location off Evans Avenue will expedite the donation process and advance ocular research. The new office, where an open house was held Tuesday, will better meet the needs of donor families, recipients, surgeons and researchers. A group of executives, Lions Clubs leaders, surgeons, hospital personnel, partner agencies and health care leaders gathered for the event.

The new office will reduce wait time for those in need of a corneal transplant and improve research with a decreased donor-to-lab time.

“There is growing demand,” said Andrew Mullins, director of ocular services for the institute. “It allows us to recover the corneas faster.” Continue reading