At Miracles In Sight (MIS), we are always working, innovating and collaborating to improve the quality of care and services in our industry. However, with elective corneal tissue transplants on hold, we’re also applying that same innovative, collaborative spirit to helping our fellow health care professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Isaac Perry, our Director of Research and Development, leveraged the expertise and 3D printing capabilities of MIS to produce face shields to help protect surgeons and other health care workers from the virus. Perry found plans for producing face shields using 3D printed parts and other common supplies; a design developed and shared by other makers to help the cause and approved for use by the National Institute of Health.
Our goal is to produce and distribute 1,000 face shields to healthcare workers in need of life-saving PPE. $5,000 would cover our costs associated with meeting this goal.
MIS has supplied over 120 face shields so far by increasing our capacity with new 3D printers and redirecting resources to produce as many face shield kits as possible. We are now working in collaboration with our network of surgeons to help determine where the shields are needed most and how to get them there.
“In this pandemic, it is so easy to go down the path of feeling helpless. It’s hard to feel empowered,” explains Perry. “But here’s something we can do to make a difference.”
Read more about our efforts here: https://www.miraclesinsight.org/mis-using-3d-printing-to-help-shield-health-care-workers/
Who We Are: Passionate Visionaries, Eye Bank Leaders, Dedicated Educators
Miracles In Sight is one of the largest eye banks in the world, helping to restore sight and change lives for thousands of patients each year. We provide ophthalmologists with high-quality tissue for corneal transplants and partner with innovators around the world to develop new, cutting-edge processes and products, while meeting ophthalmic challenges as they evolve.
Our mission is to support the restoration, preservation, and enhancement of sight through transplant, research and innovation.
Learn more about Miracles In Sight on our website: https://www.miraclesinsight.org/
How will the funds be used?
100% of the funds raised will go towards the manufacturing and distribution of 3D-printed face shields, a form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus.
A donation of $3 pays for one complete, individually packaged face shield kit. $20 provides 100 transparent, replicable face coverings. $80 covers enough filament to print 72 shield visors, and $500 allows us to purchase a new printer that increases our capacity by 8-10 shields per day.
How are we manufacturing the face shields?
MIS is using open-source designs to produce 3D-printed face shields that can be used by healthcare workers as PPE when no other protection is available. If you’re interested in learning more about the face shields we are producing at Miracles In Sight, or you’d like a copy of the designs to share with other 3D printing resources, please contact Isaac Perry.
How are we distributing the face shields?
Having started the project at the end of March, we are now working in collaboration with our network of surgeons to help determine where the shields are needed most and how to get them there. Currently, that means reaching out to individual health care practices and groups in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Are donations tax deductible?
Yes, donations are tax-deductible. Miracles In Sight is a registered 501(c)3 charity.
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