5 Facts about Eye Donation

With its large population, India is known for having the largest factor in global blindness. According to Eye Bank Association of India (EBAI), out of the requirement of 100,000 corneas in a year, the eye Banks within the nation accumulate as close to 37,000 only. Nevertheless, the lack of public cognizance about eye donation is the largest reason for a growing disparity between the quantity of corneas available and the quantity required who need them. Take a look at our neighbouring country Sri Lanka which has set an example by becoming largest human eye donor countries in the world. It has helped around more than 57 countries including China, Japan, Thailand and Egypt with eye donation.

Even though this problem looks frightening, the real need is to take up the challenge and curb down the problem from its roots. Here are some of the important facts which you should clear some doubts for a person thinking of donating his eyes:
1) In your eyes, only the outermost thin layer known as the corneal layer is used for fixing the blindness in corneally blind people.
2) The eyes are required to be removed within 6 hours of passing away of the person so it is essential to be in contact with eye bank in close vicinity.
3) There are some diseases which do not affect the candidacy of eyes for eye donation like eyes with long or short sightedness, diabetic or glaucoma facing patients can donate.
4) The act of donation doesn’t cost a single penny. To sell or buy human organs, eyes, and tissues is an illegal act and punishable by law.
5) The donated eyes reach the people according to the list maintained by Eye Banks

On concluding note

Treating the patients having one of the major blindness using the cornea from the donor has proven to be 90% successful. But there is some hesitation among the people regarding donation due to the myths associated with eye donation which affects their decision to donate eyes. These myths are needed to be busted for the eye donation campaigns to be successful. The aim is to create an ideal condition where donations made would outnumber the number of people with blindness. Pledge to donate your eyes today, and educate others about eye donation and motivate others to donate.