“Corneal blindness is one of the top four causes of blindness in the world. The situation in the Philippines is no different. This form of blindness may be caused by infections, accidents, congenital defects, surgical trauma, and many others. It may affect people of all ages from all walks of life.
Since 1995 the EBFP, through its medical eye bank known as the Santa Lucia International Eye Bank of Manila (SLIEB), has brought hope and renewed life to thousands of blind individuals through corneal transplants. Collective known simply as the Eye Bank, the EBFP/SLIEB continues to serve the nation and the world, not only by making the highest quality transplantable eye tissue available and accessible, but also through research, training, and public educational campaigns about blindness, its prevention and cure.
You too can be part of this vital work, change lives and literally become a hero for others simply by deciding to sign a donor card pledging your eyes or corneas after death; and by encouraging friends and family members to do the same.
We hope you make the decision to share the gift of sight. This simple yet profoundly noble act not only leaves a legacy for you and your loved ones; it literally enables you to be part of a miracle for someone blind”.
Dr. Ma. Dominga B. Padilla, M.D.
President and Chairperson
The Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines (EBFP), established on October 16, 1995, is a non-profit, non-government, humanitarian organization that owns and operates a medical eye bank named the Santa Lucia International Eye Bank of Manila (SLIEB). The SLIEB is a state-of-the-art eye, internationally-accredited eye banking facility dedicated to the collection, processing, evaluation, storage and equitable distribution of quality corneal/eye tissues for transplant, research and education. It is committed to its mission of bringing the gift of sight to corneally blind individuals through corneal transplants, regardless of age, gender, race, religion or financial status.
The EBFP is an accredited Non-Profit, Non-government organization member of the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC), and therefore all donations to the EBFP are tax deductible under Philippine Law. The foundation employs highly-skilled and specially-trained individuals such as Registered Nurses (RNs) and Medical Technologists (RMTs) as Eye Bank Technicians and Donor Transplant Coordinators. Registered social workers are also an integral part of the roster of eye bank employees.
To date, the Eye Bank has forged many partnerships to help it fulfill its mission. Among its partners are: the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Health – Philippine Network for Organ Sharing, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, leading medical institutions such as St. Luke’s Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital, leading funeral homes such as Arlington Memorial Chapels and Crematory, Loyola Funeral Homes, Ayala Foundation, ABS-CBN and various organizations in Metro Manila and neighboring regions. In cooperation with these invaluable partners, the Eye Bank is able to help uplift lives all over the country as well as in various parts of the world where corneal blindness is a major problem.