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Eye Donation

Why Eye Donation?

 

According to the statistics of WHO, there are 45million blind patients world wide, of whom one third ie, 15million resides in India. There is an estimate of 4.6million corneal blind people in India. Out of this, 90% are below the age of 45, including  children who are below 12years. (60%)

While the magnitude of problem is alarming, the good news is that almost 66% of these cases are preventable or curable if basic precautions are taken. Over 3million people in India can recover their vision through Corneal Transplantation. Yet no more than 5000 corneal grafts are performed annually. The reason –Lack of Awareness!

Eye Donation and restoration of vision through corneal transplantation is a winning combination of benevolence and wonder of modern medical science. A safe procedure with success rate of more than 90%, Corneal transplantation represent a hopeful solution to those whose cornea has become too damaged such that eyesight is severely impaired.

This calls for a pressing need of launching a national awareness drive, backed by timely counseling of the grieving family, who are authorized to donate eyes of their beloved relatives at the time of their death.

Remember- By donating a pair of eyes you can make a big difference to the lives of 2 corneal blind persons. Besides no body is going to live forever, so let donate our eyes and light up the lives of others even after our death.

What can we do?

Generate people awareness by conducting awareness classes.

Display Eye donation posters and board on major city spots.

Collect maximum Eye Donation pledge forms from public through medium like associations and institutions.

Make regular follow up with associations and institutions willing to promote the process

What is Cornea?

Cornea is the glass like covering over the iris of the eye.

Why does the cornea get damaged?

The cornea usually gets damaged because of infections or injuries of the eye or poor nutrition, especially in childhood.

How can eyesight be restored?

Persons who have lost their sight because of damage to the cornea can hope to regain it with corneal grafting (Keratoplasty).

Who can pledge his/her eyes for donation?

Any person can pledge to donate his/her eyes without consideration of age, sex or social status. Those who wear glasses, have had a successful eye surgery or suffer from some systemic diseases can also pledge to donate their eyes.

Are any costs involved in eye donation?

No fees are charged from the family. The Medical personnel from the Eye collection Center will rush a doctor to the donor’s home after information is received about the death of the donor. This is a free service in the public interest.

Can the eyes be removed at home?

The eyes can be removed at home/ hospital/ mortuary/ any other place where the body is kept after death with in 4 to 6 hours. After 6 hours the tissue becomes useless.

Does the recipient have to pay for the eye that is used for grafting?

Services by the government and voluntary sector are provided free of charge. Donated eyes are never bought or sold.

What are the moral and religious views on eye donation?

Religious leaders throughout the world have voiced their support for eye donation as an expression of the highest humanitarian ideas.

How to contact?

Contact the nearest Eye Collection Centers/ Eye Bank after the death of a person who has given consent to be a donor.

Procedure for Eye Donation?

Enquire about the nearest Eye Collection Center/ Eye Bank. This is likely to be located at a Medical College or Eye Hospital in your area. Contact the one nearest you (by phone or a personal visit) and they will register your pledge and will provide you an Eye Donation Card.

It is preferable if all members of the family pledge their eyes together. However, an individual can also pledge his/ her eyes at any time in life. The eyes shall be collected only after death of the person who has pledged and/ or if the close relatives give consent for the same.

The eyes of any deceased person can also be donated whether he has pledged his eyes in life or not. Under the Indian law relatives of the deceased can donate his/ her eyes provided he/ she have never spoken against eye donation.

 

Why Eye Donation?

 

According to the statistics of WHO, there are 45million blind patients world wide, of whom one third ie, 15million resides in India. There is an estimate of 4.6million corneal blind people in India. Out of this, 90% are below the age of 45, including  children who are below 12years. (60%)

While the magnitude of problem is alarming, the good news is that almost 66% of these cases are preventable or curable if basic precautions are taken. Over 3million people in India can recover their vision through Corneal Transplantation. Yet no more than 5000 corneal grafts are performed annually. The reason –Lack of Awareness!

Eye Donation and restoration of vision through corneal transplantation is a winning combination of benevolence and wonder of modern medical science. A safe procedure with success rate of more than 90%, Corneal transplantation represent a hopeful solution to those whose cornea has become too damaged such that eyesight is severely impaired.

This calls for a pressing need of launching a national awareness drive, backed by timely counseling of the grieving family, who are authorized to donate eyes of their beloved relatives at the time of their death.

Remember- By donating a pair of eyes you can make a big difference to the lives of 2 corneal blind persons. Besides no body is going to live forever, so let donate our eyes and light up the lives of others even after our death.

What can we do?

Generate people awareness by conducting awareness classes.

Display Eye donation posters and board on major city spots.

Collect maximum Eye Donation pledge forms from public through medium like associations and institutions.

Make regular follow up with associations and institutions willing to promote the process

 

What is Cornea?

Cornea is the glass like covering over the iris of the eye.

Why does the cornea get damaged?

The cornea usually gets damaged because of infections or injuries of the eye or poor nutrition, especially in childhood.

How can eyesight be restored?

Persons who have lost their sight because of damage to the cornea can hope to regain it with corneal grafting (Keratoplasty).

Who can pledge his/her eyes for donation?

Any person can pledge to donate his/her eyes without consideration of age, sex or social status. Those who wear glasses, have had a successful eye surgery or suffer from some systemic diseases can also pledge to donate their eyes.

Are any costs involved in eye donation?

No fees are charged from the family. The Medical personnel from the Eye collection Center will rush a doctor to the donor’s home after information is received about the death of the donor. This is a free service in the public interest.

Can the eyes be removed at home?

The eyes can be removed at home/ hospital/ mortuary/ any other place where the body is kept after death with in 4 to 6 hours. After 6 hours the tissue becomes useless.

Does the recipient have to pay for the eye that is used for grafting?

Services by the government and voluntary sector are provided free of charge. Donated eyes are never bought or sold.

What are the moral and religious views on eye donation?

Religious leaders throughout the world have voiced their support for eye donation as an expression of the highest humanitarian ideas.

How to contact?

Contact the nearest Eye Collection Centers/ Eye Bank after the death of a person who has given consent to be a donor.

 

Procedure for Eye Donation?

Enquire about the nearest Eye Collection Center/ Eye Bank. This is likely to be located at a Medical College or Eye Hospital in your area. Contact the one nearest you (by phone or a personal visit) and they will register your pledge and will provide you an Eye Donation Card.

It is preferable if all members of the family pledge their eyes together. However, an individual can also pledge his/ her eyes at any time in life. The eyes shall be collected only after death of the person who has pledged and/ or if the close relatives give consent for the same.

The eyes of any deceased person can also be donated whether he has pledged his eyes in life or not. Under the Indian law relatives of the deceased can donate his/ her eyes provided he/ she have never spoken against eye donation.

Pledge form for eye donation – edpf 1

The hospital has a 24 hours functioning eye bank with free corneal transplant surgery facilities. Contact phone number for eye donation is 0471 – 2304046.

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