“Sarvendriyanam nayanam pradhanam” goes the Sanskrit saying. It is no exaggeration to say that of all the organs of the human body, the most vital is the pair of eyes.
35 million people are BLIND or going blind in the developing world and most of them can be cured. Out of 3 million corneal blind people 60% are children below the age of 12. Target retrieval of corneas by Eye bank of India is 150,000 corneas per year.
So, if we have got God’s gift of Vision, why not try to pass it on to somebody who doesn’t have it?
The number of people awaiting corneal transplant is out numbering the available donor tissues. Corneal Transplantation is the only effective restoration for the replacement of human tissues in the eye. This is considered as a precious and possessed gift of sight for millions of people all over the world. Eye donation is an act of donating one’s eyes after his/her death. It is an act of charity, purely for the benefit of the society and is totally voluntary. It is done after death. So, eye-donation should be encouraged in a large scale, as one of the best means of social service. To enable another person, obtain vision is one of the best forms of charity. Even after death the donor lives in the eyes of recipient. Eyes from a dead person can enable two blind people to acquire vision. There are currently an estimated 15 million blind people in India. 6.8 million of these suffer from corneal blindness with vision less than 6/60 in at least one eye, and of these, about 1 million have bilateral corneal blindness. If the present trend continues, it is expected that the number of corneal blind individuals in India will increase to 10.6 million by 2020.
Of these at least 3 million can be benefited by corneal transplantation. Thus, to effectively meet the ever-growing demand, we need around 150,000 corneal transplants to be performed every year. The clear and transparent tissue at the front of the eye is called cornea. This can be used to restore vision to persons with corneal blindness. The cornea is a focusing element of the eye. Vision is dramatically reduced, even lost, if the cornea becomes cloudy. This loss of vision is referred to as corneal blindness.
Who can donate eyes?
*Eye donors could be of any age group or sex.
*People who use spectacles, diabetics, patients with high blood pressure, asthma patients and those without communicable diseases can donate eyes.
Who cannot donate eyes?
*Persons with AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, Rabies, Septicaemia, Acute leukaemia (Blood cancer), Tetanus, Cholera, and infectious diseases like Meningitis and Encephalitis cannot donate eyes.
Facts about eye donation
*Eyes can be donated only after death
*Eyes must be removed within 4 – 6 hours after death
*Only a Registered Medical Practitioner can remove eyes from a deceased.
*The eye bank team will remove the eyes from the home of the deceased or from a hospital
*Eye removal does not delay the funeral since the entire procedure takes 20-30 minutes only
*A small quantity of blood will be drawn to rule out communicable diseases
*Eye retrieval does not cause disfigurement
*Religions are for eye donation
*The identities of both the donor and the recipient are kept confidential.
To donate eyes, the relatives of the deceased should do the following procedures
*Close the eyelids of the deceased
*Switch off the fan
*Raise the head of the deceased slightly by placing a pillow underneath
*Contact the nearest eye bank as quickly as possible.
*Give the correct address with specific landmarks and telephone number to enable the eye bank team locate the place easily
*If the death certificate from the physician is available, keep it ready
*Eye donation can be done only with the written consent of the next of kin in the presence of two witnesses. An eye bank is a charitable organisation without any profit motive. It facilitates the removal, processing and evaluation of eyes and distributes them to persons in need of an eye transplant.
You can help by Eye Donation shows your responsibility to society as a caring, committed citizen.
Your attitude makes a world of difference…..
Your decision offers a vision of hope.
1. Pledging your eyes and those of the members of your family.
2. Being a member of the eye donation association.
3. Calling the nearest eye bank immediately when a death occurs in the family.
4. By giving the correct address with specific landmarks and a telephone number to enable the eye bank team to locate the place easily.
* Donate eyes and give someone the gift of sight
Say Yes to Eye Donation!