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Eye donation is a gift that can enhance the quality of life of those who suffer from corneal blindness.


Each week almost 40 cornea recipients receive the gift of sight thanks to caring donors, talented surgeons and The Alabama Eye Bank.


The Alabama Eye Bank works with local funeral homes to meet the donation wishes of the deceased and their families.  Making the decision to donate has given comfort to many families by knowing that their loved one was able to help restore sight to someone suffering in darkness.  The Alabama Eye Bank will work with your funeral home to streamline the donation process and provide donor families the highest level of compassion and care.


If, you are a funeral home director, read below a special section that we’ve put together to answer the questions you’ve asked us.


//frequently asked questions for funeral home directors

What should I do if a family asks about donation?

Please obtain next-of-kin name and phone number. Then, contact the Alabama Eye Bank at 800-423-7811 and speak to a Donor Services Coordinator. The eye bank will access the donor’s medical history to determine eligibility for donation prior to speaking with the family.

What should I do if procurement is to take place at the funeral home?

The Alabama Eye Bank prefers to perform procurement at the hospital due to accessibility of medical information.  However, if recovery is to take place at your funeral home, please elevate the head and place light ice packs over closed eyes and do not start the embalming process.

How long will I have to wait for a recovery technician to arrive?

Death to preservation time is important to the health of a donated cornea.  Although we have up to 24 hours to procure, we perform recoveries as soon as possible to maintain the highest quality and to not disrupt funeral arrangements.  For the past three years, we have performed recoveries on average less than six hours after death.  The Alabama Eye Bank also understands the time constraints that a funeral home must operate within.  We make every effort to be respectful of your circumstances while ensuring that the family gets the highest level of service possible.

Will eye donation affect an open casket service?

In most cases, there are no visible signs that donation has occurred.  Occasionally, a pre-existing condition or care during transport may cause minimal swelling or bruising around the eye area.  A cold compress of wet gauze should reduce any swelling of the tissues.  The eye bank works with funeral homes to do everything possible to ensure a normal appearance.

How should the eye cavity of a donor be treated?

Treat the eyes as you would if you were embalming. Please call us with any additional questions.

Are there any religious restrictions to donation?

Most religions support donation as an act of neighborly love and charity.  Families are encouraged to discuss donation with their local clergy.

//websites you need to know

National Funeral Directors Association

The National Funeral Directors Association is the worldwide source of expertise and professional resources for all facets of funeral service. Through education, information and advocacy, NFDA is dedicated to supporting members in their mission to provide families with meaningful end-of-life services at the highest levels of excellence and integrity.


National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association

The NFD&MA is a membership association of professional funeral directors and morticians and embalmers, whose members and members-at-large are also members of state associations of funeral directors, morticians and embalmers dedicated to promoting the common professional and business interests of its members.


International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board

The International Conference is a not-for-profit voluntary association providing examination services, information, and regulatory support to funeral service licensing boards and educators, governmental bodies and other regulatory agencies. To be the premier source for examination services, information and regulatory support for the dead.


Alabama Board of Funeral Service

The Alabama Board of Funeral Service is the regulatory and licensing agency for the funeral home profession in the state of Alabama. It was created in 1975 by Act 214 of the Alabama Legislature's Regular Session and actual office operation began in early 1976. The Board is made up of seven members, one from each U.S. Congressional district. The members are appointed by the governor and serve two year terms and may serve no more than four consecutive terms.


Alabama Funeral Directors Association

The Alabama Funeral Director’s Association encourages and promotes only the highest of professional standards for men and women engaged in the funeral service profession. We strive to provide continuing educational forums for exchange, development and dissemination of knowledge and ample resources of information beneficial to its members and the public; and cooperate with other organizations, public and private to achieve our mission.