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2022 Gift of Sight Celebration

You’re Invited to Southern Eye Bank’s

Gift of Sight 2022 butterflies in the shape of a heart

Saturday, November 5, 2022
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Louisiana Children’s Museum

at City Park
15 Henry Thomas Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124

Gift of Sight 2022 T-Shirt
Your ticket includes:

  • Free Admission to LCM at City Park
  • Donor Memorial Butterfly Release Ceremony
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Family Fun
  • Crafts & Activities

Tickets for friends of Southern Eye Bank are $30 per person. T-shirts may be pre-ordered for $15 each (limited supply available for purchase during the event). All proceeds from t-shirt sales fund the Gift of Sight Celebration. Children under 12 months old attend for free.

Sponsorship opportunities start at $250

Please contact Jennifer Babineaux for more information at or 504.891.3937 ext. 1000.

If you cannot attend the event but would still like to make a donation, you may do so.

2021 Donor Families and recipients, please call Southern Eye Bank for special rates, 504-891-3937 ext. 1000.

Thanks to our 2022 Community Sponsor


EBAA Share Your View Photo Contest

A New View! Building hope, restoring sight, changing lives. Give a new view with the gift of sight, register as an eye, organ, and tissue donor. Eye Donation Month November 2022. #eyedonationmonth

The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) wants to see things from your unique point of view! This year’s Share Your View photo contest celebrates the new perspective on life that corneal transplant recipients experience from having their sight restored and the change in viewpoint donor families express when the loss of a loved one also gives someone else the opportunity to see the world anew.

This year’s theme is A New View, and the contest is open to corneal transplant recipients, donor families, and corneal surgeons. To enter, snap a photo of a view that makes you cherish the gift of sight and submit the photo to the Share Your View entry page by September 15, 2022. The winners will be featured in the EBAA’s social media campaign for Eye Donation Month in November and receive prizes (to be announced soon)!

Click here for full contest details and information

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Strikes for Sight 2022

Strikes for Sight Blindfold Bowling Tournament


Join Southern Eye Bank for an evening of bowling, zydeco music and dancing, delicious local fare, spirited competition, and prizes while raising funds to increase awareness about corneal blindness and eye donation!


Thursday, September 15
7pm – 9pm

Rock ‘n’ Bowl
3000 S. Carrollton Ave. • New Orleans, LA 70118
Lane assignments at 6:45pm

$275 for a team (6 players max)
$45 per person ($35 non-bowlers)



Registration Includes:

Bowling & Shoe Rental


Soda, Wine & Beer

Rock ‘n’ Bowl is serving up perfectly fried seafood, buffalo wings, pizza, mozzarella sticks, shrimp remoulade, and chicken & sausage jambalaya.


Sponsorship opportunities start at $500

Click here to download sponsorship form

Please contact Jenny Babineaux for more information at or 504.309.0058



Registration & Sponsorship

All event proceeds support Southern Eye Bank’s community education and eye-donor awareness program.

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Donor Stories: A Mother and Father in South Louisiana

corneal transplant donorWe are thankful for Southern Eye Bank in their effort in restoring sight to others. Our son was a loving person who enjoyed the outdoors, listening to music, watching TV, and being with family and friends.

We will always cherish our memories of him. We were so grateful Southern Eye Bank reached out to us about donating the corneas in both eyes. We felt blessed to offer this Gift of Sight to someone in need.

We hope for an opportunity in the future to meet the person who received this Gift. It gives us joy to know part of our son is living on. We thank you for being open to our request, and please know we respect the wishes of the recipients regarding meeting us.

Continued Blessings and prayers for our son’s recipient and continued good health.

Mother and Father
South Louisiana

blue medical background

Position Filled: Referral Coordinator

Thank you for your interest, but the position has been filled.

Position Description

In this role, you will be responsible for coordinating the donation of ocular tissue through comprehensive medical screenings, discussing donation options with potential donor families, and managing tissue recovery logistics with various organizations.

In this role, you will:

  • Assess donation potential by critically reviewing the patient’s clinical course and health history; this is done through the use of working directly with hospital nurses and physicians in a professional, efficient, and precise manner.
  • Conduct sensitive, informational discussions with potential donor families regarding tissue donation options for their loved ones.
  • Advocate for donation while communicating with partner organizations and donor families.
  • Coordinate logistics for all Donor Operations activity including creatively addressing barriers & navigating complex timelines.
  • Work with other employees to increase efficiency in the workplace.
  • Continually monitor research requests to meet distribution needs for research tissue.
  • Complete continuous training requirements to maintain proficiency and improve performance in a rapidly changing work environment.
  • Design and execute on projects as needed. Actively participate in other projects and duties as assigned.
  • Ensure all applicable FDA, EBAA, and state regulatory policies are followed.
  • Ability to assist in daily/nightly laboratory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • High-level oral and written communication skills and interacts effectively with all Eye Bank staff
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with peers while developing a positive work environment
  • Ambitiously improves self and has the ability to facilitate self-directed learning
  • Experience with computer data bases and data entry
  • Able to interpret and follow written direction
  • Ability to work long hours, nights, weekends and holidays. At times may be asked to fill in various open shifts that could also include days.
  • Position is 12 hour shift work over night (6 PM-6 AM)
  • Location of the position is Metairie, LA

Education and/or Equivalent Experience

  • High School or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred.
  • Relevant educational or work experience preferred.

Job Type: Full-Time
Pay: $15.00-$18.00/hour

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to

blond, green-eyed woman with hair pulled in ponytail and headband standing in front of grey brick wall and wearing blue "Southern Eye Bank" scrubs

Employee Spotlight: Neely Burns

Say hello to Neely Burns…

Neely Burns employee spotlightWhat is your job title?
I am a recovery technician.

How long have you worked for SEB?
I have worked at SEB for a year as of yesterday!

How does your work help donation?
I help with donation by procuring the eye tissue of generous donors with the upmost care to be used for transplant and research.

Why is your work important to you?
My work is important to me because every time I go in, I know I will be impacting the lives of at least two families and hope that I further both of their journeys to healing.

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Donor Stories: Two Daughters and a Husband

The following is a letter Southern Eye Bank received from a donor family:


Our family would like to acknowledge Southern Eye Bank for its honorable efforts in restoring eyesight throughout the state of Louisiana. We thank you for your outreach confirming transplantation of our loving mother’s/wife’s eyes and are reaching back out regarding this donation that she was the donor of. We pray all is well with the recipient, and are thrilled to know that our beloved donor was able to give the gift of sight to someone after she passed away.

Our mother/wife was such a kind and compassionate woman, always extending love and grace to others, and gifted our family with many blessings throughout her life. We are deeply grateful to know her gifts are still reaching others, allowing someone to see and enjoy the world.

It is because of her love for others that she was able to so freely and selflessly make a donation that could so positively impact another’s life. We would love the opportunity to be able to meet the person who received this blessing. The idea that a part of her lives on brings us such comfort – and we are hopeful of the chance to get to express our joy of that in-person.

We thank you for being open to our request, and please know that we respect the wishes of the recipient regarding an interest in meeting. We send well wishes for continued blessings to our mother’s recipient and that a rich life continues on in her name.

Two Daughters and a Husband

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Position Filled: Day Shift Recovery Technician

Thank you for your interest, but the position has been filled.

Position Description

The Day Shift Recovery Technician is responsible for the recovery of corneas and whole globes for transplant and research.

In addition, the recovery technician will be in charge of laboratory maintenance.


  • Recovery of ocular tissue from donors along with donor medical chart review
  • Ability and willingness to learn FDA and EBAA guidance’s, regulations and contraindications
  • Maintenance of laboratory cleanliness, equipment, donor recovery supplies and inventory
  • Any other duties assigned by the Technical Director and/or Laboratory Coordinator


  • A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been acquired.
  • A minimum of one year (1) in medical or surgical field
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail and surgical precision (dexterity is a must).
  • Ability to professionally interface with peers, funeral homes, coroners and hospital personnel on assignments.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office is required
  • Ability to quickly learn and master new databases and systems

Additional Details

  • This is a Day Shift Position – the candidate will work seven (7) 12 hour (6AM-6PM) shifts Bi-Weekly
  • Must own a vehicle with valid auto insurance and have a driver’s license
  • Ability to travel through service region as required
  • Flexibility to work weekends, nights and holidays to cover on-call shifts as needed
  • Long periods of standing or sitting
  • Ability to lift and move more than 50 pounds

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to

state of louisiana eye donation month proclamation november 2021

Eye Donation Month 2021

state of louisiana eye donation month proclamation november 2021November 2021 is officially Eye Donation Month in the State of Louisiana, by proclamation of Governor John Bel Edwards! Click here to view the official proclamation.


eye donation month november 2021Due to COVID-19, many of our community events for 2021 have been redesigned as virtual events. Please join us as we continue to honor those who have shared the Gift of Sight.


EBAA Run for Vision 2021

  • November 1 – 30
  • Join ophthalmologists, eye bankers, corneal transplant recipients, and donor family members to support EBAA’s mission to restore sight through cornea donation and transplantation. Sponsored by Bausch + Lomb, EBAA is once again hosting their annual Run for Vision virtually from your home any time in November.
  • Visit the EBAA Run for Vision site for more details, and click here to join the Southern Eye Bank race team! Our team will compete individually throughout the month of November. Send us your race photos to be featured on SEB’s social media!

Kendra Scott + Southern Eye Bank Fundraiser

  • November 18th • 5-7pm (In-Store)
    November 18th & 19th (Online)
  • In celebration of November as Eye Donation Month, Southern Eye Bank will receive 20% of all Kendra Scott in-store sales on November 18th from 5pm to 7pm. A virtual event will run for 48 hours on November 18th and 19th.
  • This is a perfect time to buy that favorite piece of jewelry, purchase holiday gifts, and fund the education programs that help our community understand the need for cornea donation.