International Sight Restoration Merges

International Sight Restoration Merges with Louisiana Lions Eye Bank
TAMPA, Fla. - May 14, 2015 - PRLog -- Combination will create new services for Louisiana Corneal Surgeons

Tampa, FL and Shreveport, LA (May 13, 2015)
- International Sight Restoration, Inc. located in Tampa, Florida and Louisiana Lions Eye Bank located in Shreveport, Louisiana announced today that a merger was filed on May 4, 2015. International Sight Restoration, Inc. (ISR) will acquire Louisiana Lions Eye Bank's service area in the greater Shreveport region. The two 501(c)3 non-profit organizations will be able to serve the global community at a greater scale by combining their resources. The merger is a testament to both companies' commitment to restoring sight worldwide. ISR, the first and only certified ISO Clean Eye Bank, plans to bring their innovative techniques, such as Nano-Cut Precise™ and Punch-Ready DMEK™, to the Louisiana location, which will provide local surgeons the ability to obtain ocular grafts for DSAEK and DMEK.

"The merger will allow us to expand our World Sight Initiative™, a public health focus to eradicate blindness," said ISR's President and CEO Christina Sanchez Miller. "I have always believed that the only way to champion corneal blindness is to provide clinical training courses and actually create new eye banks in impoverished countries. In 2014, Louisiana provided over 400 ocular grafts and ISR provided over 4700. The additional grafts will allow us to provide a larger pool of donated tissue to the local surgeons and export the surplus to countries without donation programs."

"Eye Banking is unique and requires dedicated employees that believe in our mission, Helping The World See®. Fortunately Louisiana Lions Eye Bank employees were just that. The staff will remain and we hope to add more to better serve our area." said Christina Sanchez Miller. "This will allow the Louisiana staff members to continue to provide the same great service to the surgeons and hospitals."

"I am excited to bring new innovative technology to our surgeons in Louisiana," said Denise Odom, Director of Operations Louisiana. "Our surgeons will soon be able to access the TEN™ application, which will allow them to request and accept tissue online. ISR is a paperless eye bank and efficient. The merger is a win-win for both our eye bank and the community."

About International Sight Restoration Eye Banks

International Sight Restoration, Inc. (ISR) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that helps restore eye sight to men, women and children around the world, who are waiting for corneal transplants. Our mission is Helping The World See® through innovative eye banking and partnering with U.S. eye banks to provide quality tissue. ISR has eye banks in Florida, Louisiana and Mexico. ISR works with surgeons and hospitals not only in the United States but on a global level. Due to the widespread need, some international patients are expected to wait years to receive a corneal transplant. Some children will remain without sight throughout their lives because tissue was not available to them when needed.

International Sight Restoration Eye Banks has a truly modern eye bank in Florida, the only eye bank in the United States to boast certified ISO Class 5, 7, & 8 Clean Rooms. ISR Eye Banks is dedicated to the procurement of ocular tissue in the United States. ISR Eye Banks distributes ocular tissue to U.S. surgeons and has the largest international program in the U.S.A., exporting over 4000 corneas annually in over 50 countries. ISR Eye Banks has implemented a robust quality assurance program to ensure the highest quality in tissue recovery, processing and distribution. ISR is licensed in the State of Florida and New York, registered with the Food & Drug Administration, and accredited with the Eye Bank Association of America.

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