We are a non-profit screening clinic, providing endoscopy
and colonoscopy screening procedures.
We are dedicated to improving access for patients requiring screening services.
We are a non-profit 10-bed residential hospice,
providing 24-hour comfort and care to adults
with life-limiting illness, and their families.
We are a non-profit ambulatory vision care centre,
providing surgical procedures, clinical vision care,
education and research. We are affiliated
with University of Toronto’s Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.
We are a non-profit Eye Bank. We collect,
process and distribute donated human eyes
and tissue for sight-saving transplants.
We are a non-profit community care program,
providing on-sight and in-home services
for older adults and adults living with disabilities.
Our goal is to enhance social, intellectual and physical well-being.
We are a non-profit long-term care home with 350 residents.
We are a place where residents feel comfortable,
independent and part of our community.
We are a non-profit diagnostic imaging clinic providing
X-ray, Ultrasound, Mammography and Bone Mineral Density
testing services. We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality
imaging services to our patients in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
All drawings featured were done by Ling Wa, Certified Eye Bank Technician.
Tissue donation is simple, easy and makes a big difference. It only takes a few minutes to register to become a donor and to change someone's life.
"People rarely discuss end of life plans with their families, and in the event that you die your family may not know what your wishes are with respect to donation." says Christine Humphreys, Director of the Eye Bank of Canada (Ontario Division). "Including organ and tissue donation in your will is too late to make donation happen. I encourage people to register to be a donor, and openly discuss this with their family."
The Eye Bank collects, processes and distributes donated human eyes and tissue for sight-saving transplants. Sight can be restored with a corneal transplant: a simple operation that replaces damaged tissue with a clear, healthy cornea from a deceased eye donor. The cornea is the thin layer of clear tissue that covers the front of the eye.
The biggest misconception that people have about donating their eyes is that eye donation cannot be done if you have cancer. Cornea is avascular, meaning that it does not have blood vessels. Therefore, the body is much less likely to reject a cornea than it would a vascular organ like a heart or liver.
Ling Wa is a Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT). She has been with the Eye Bank for almost three years. As a CEBT Ling does different corneal incisions (she removes the cornea from the eyeball). She also evaluates tissue before it gets transplanted, to ensure tissue quality. Ling's work saves time for surgeons who used to have to prepare the tissue themselves in the Operating Room.
Ling is passionate about her job, she loves being able to help people.
She loves to draw and is working towards publishing her first comic book "Fungi: mushroom in space" available this summer at Beguiling in Kensington Market.
"When I'm processing eye tissue I have to be precise, there is no room for creativity. My art allows me to think out of the box."
Ling plans to include Eye Bank memorabilia (newsletters and magazines from the 1970s) in the back of all of her comics "I want to use the opportunity to educate people about transplant and the importance of tissue donation."
Blind Canadians rely on the sight-saving transplant from the Eye Bank. You have the power to give the gift of sight.
Visit www.beadonor.ca to register to become a donor.
If you would like to learn more about tissue donation at the Eye Bank please contact us!