In the early days the main reason why Eye Banks were not very successful in India was because of the lack of awareness. Eye transplant in the late 1970s and 1980s in India was a rather complicated affair. Preservation techniques were not very advanced, the ratio of donors to recipients was very poor and modest transport connections between places added to the woes. Many eye banks had been set up but owing to logistic and other inconveniences, these ideas were abandoned almost soon after they had begun.
Imagine a world of darkness
Can you imagine a world of complete darkness? Eyes are one of the major sensory organs of life. A world without vision is a grim prospect. Think about the life of visually impaired person: you and I can see and enjoy this beautiful world, but they can only touch and feel them. By donating your eyes, you can enlighten the life of two blind persons. This gesture of yours would allow them to come out of darkness and step into a life full of colors. Corneal diseases are the major cause of visual impairment and blindness in a developing country. The only way to reduce blindness is by doing corneal transplant. In a country like India, with the high rates of blindness, there is a huge burden for corneal requirement. The number of corneal transplants performed are much less than the actual requirement due to the insufficient number of corneas collected. You can also make a difference by being a sight ambassador and creating awareness and motivating the families of the bereaved to donate.
Just remember these guidelines
Practically anyone from the age of 1 year. There is no maximum age limit.
Spectacle wearers, persons who had cataract surgery, diabetics and hypertensive individuals can donate eyes.
The eyes need to be collected within 6 hours of death. So, call the nearest eye bank as early as possible after death.
Things to do after making the call:
WILL THERE BE ANY DELAY IN FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS?
Eye removal takes under 10 minutes and leaves no visible signs that would interfere with common funeral practices.
Source : Sanakara Eye Hospital
Last Modified : 5/11/2022