Expressing your interest in donation is simple
Expressing your interest in donation is simple. You may register as a donor when applying for or renewing a driver’s license. Additionally, if you’re a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, you may register online at www.save7lives.org.
Other means of legally documenting an anatomical gift include donor cards, wills, and advanced directives. These documents are less desirable as legal documents of gift, since the event of death often leaves these documents inaccessible at the time when they are needed.
So, what occurs at the time of death is that the eye bank screens an individual to determine whether that individual is eligible for donation. Registries are checked to determine if the deceased had registered as a donor either online or through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when applying for or renewing a license. Attempts to contact the family are made to discuss the decedent’s registration or, if the decedent is not registered, to offer the option of donation.