Technicians at SightLife are available at all times of the day in the Northwest to collect donated corneas that can help restore sight. Mike Meyer, a regional director for SightLife, said that the organization recovered corneas from almost 4,000 donors last year, up from 774 in 1996. Factors such as concern that donation isn't compatible with open-casket viewings can remain obstacles for families. "I had a mother not too long ago say, 'I can't bear the thought of him not having his beautiful brown eyes.' And I was able to say, 'He will still have his beautiful brown eyes'," Meyer said.

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