One Day For Iowa 2024

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One Day for Iowa, the University of Iowa's 24-hour online giving day, is taking place Wednesday, March 27, 2024! Last year, more than 4,000 Hawkeyes gave back in support of the University of Iowa. 

During One Day for Iowa, you can support just about any program at UI—from research, to training, to professorships and more! 

This year we're highlighting three funds connected to the Ophthalmology Department: Iowa KidSight, the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, and Operation: HawkEyeSight

Iowa KidSight

A vision screening can identify issues when a child cannot recognize or describe a problem. Iowa KidSight, a vision-screening program of the Lions Clubs of Iowa and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, offers free vision screenings for children 6 months old through kindergarten. Vision screenings are performed by Lions Club volunteers in communities throughout Iowa by taking a photo of a child’s eyes with a specialized camera. After screenings are complete, the results are interpreted by vision specialists and if a potential vision problem is detected, parents will receive a referral letter and a list of local ophthalmologists and optometrists to contact for further eye care. 

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Iowa KidSight, John and help screening

Iowa Lions Eye Bank

Iowa Lions Eye Bank is a non-profit service organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of sight through the recovery, processing and distribution of human ocular tissue for transplantation and research, primarily in Iowa, but also throughout the world. Iowa Lions Eye Bank is affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinic 

Our Mission: To enhance the quality of life through the restoration and preservation of sight. 

Our Vision: We will set the standards for the next generation of technological breakthroughs in eye banking and cornea research, forge global collaborations, and inspire individuals to choose donation. 

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Hanna Shevalye, Research Associate, Iowa Lions Eye BankTodd Shinkunas Processing Services Specialist

Operation HawkEyeSight

The University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology, leaders from the Department of Anesthesia, and the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) combined forces and started Operation HawkEyeSight—a Saturday where physicians and health care providers volunteer their time to perform cataract surgery for these patients at no cost! We successfully and safely performed dozens of cataract surgeries. Just as importantly, we created a framework to allow for long-term continuation of this initiative, with the goal of providing free surgical care several times a year for patients who would otherwise be unable to get the care they need (and deserve). 

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Operation HawkEyeSight surgery day

Tuesday, March 26, 2024