Ocular Tissue for Research

For over 30 years, VisionGift has procured and provided tissue for ocular research. Through close collaborations with academic and industry researchers, the gifts of ocular tissue from generous eye, tissue, and organ donors have been utilized to advance vision research.

In additional to ocular tissue with no pathology, VG staff can screen potential donors for specific medical conditions for research studies ranging from the characterization of disease etiology to examining potential treatments. In addition, we can provide serological testing when needed. See below for the diverse array of ocular research tissues VG has helped procured for past projects. How can we can help with your future research endeavors?

Previously procured ocular tissue for research

Anterior Segment

  • Fuchs dystrophy
  • Epithelium and endothelium for cell culturing
  • Wet lab and surgical training


  • Primary open-angle
  • Open-angle high tension


  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • AMD (wet and dry)
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy

Need resources to launch a pilot study?

VisionGift offers the Barbara L. Crow Investigator-Concept Grant to help stimulate innovative early-stage projects that may lead to life-changing treatments for ocular diseases.

Applying for a grant?

Let us know your tissue requirements and we can help you develop a budget that captures your tissue-related costs. Contact us at Research@visiongift.org.