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BHARATHIYA SEVA TRUST

UDHAVUM IDHAYANGAL

Eye

Eyes are one of the most important sensory organs in the human body because it renders vision and the power to see. Visually impaired people feel that their life is incomplete as they can just touch, feel and smell things but can not see it.

Statistics show that there are 15 million blind people in India and out of this, 6.8 million people are suffering from corneal blindness.

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Corneal blindness

The Cornea is the clear tissue covering the front of the eye. It is a focusing element of the eye. The vision is dramatically reduced or lost if the cornea becomes cloudy. This loss of the vision is referred to as corneal blindness. Several corneal diseases affect children and adults and can affect both eyes making them blind.

When the eye is affected only by corneal diseases, replacing this part will restore the vision in such people. Corneal replacement is an easy and simple surgery and is performed at several eye hospitals in the country.

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Significance of Eye donation

Donated eyes can be used to restore vision in people who are suffering from corneal blindness. The front, clear and transparent tissue of the eye called as cornea can be used to restore vision in a corneal blind person. The other portions of the eye are also used for research and training purposes to develop cures for some of the common eye diseases.

From each pair of donated eyes, two blind people will get vision and light in to their life, thus making it more divine.

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Eye donation

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. The eye donation of the deceased can be authorized by the next of kith & kin even if the deceased did not pledge to donate his / her eyes before death. Age or systemic illness such as diabetes or hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease is not barriers for eye donations. The corneas of a person are unaffected even if they have undergone any eye surgeries in the past and hence will be useful can be transplanted in others.

There are wide spread social awareness programs and activities conducted across the country to impart the significance of eye donation and its usefulness to the visually impaired people. Till date, medical researchers and scientists are working on developing artificial cornea, but till that time, donating the eyes would be the best gift ever for a blind person suffering from corneal blindness.

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Why is Eye Donation Important?

In past, People were unaware of blood donation. They were gradually educated, convinced and started donating voluntarily. Similarly, we should convince people that after our death, our organs could be of use to someone to lead a normal and happy life.

People are generally afraid to think about the happenings after death. Even if the deceased has given the consent for donating his eyes, the family members may not realize the necessity of fulfilling his word as profound grief and sorrow overwhelms the bereaved family. There is no shortage of potential donors. All that is needed is a timely request and quick eye collection service.

Eye donation allows each one a chance to perform social good. It costs us nothing and makes no demand on our time. Our eyes, that we burn or bury after death, can be recycled into priceless gift of vision for millions of our corneally blind citizens.

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Facts about Eye Donation

Anyone of any age can donate eyes

Spectacle wearers and people suffering from diabetics, hypertensives, asthma etc. can also donate eyes. Patients who have undergone cataract surgery can also donate eyes.

Eye donation gives sight to two corneally blind persons. The process of removing the eye is called enucleation.

Eye can be donated even if they have not been pledged earlier.

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Out of the 15 million Indians in the dark due to blindness, 3 million suffer due to corneal blindness: 60% of whom are children. The major causes for this are infection, injuries, malnutrition, congenital disorders etc. Over the past 50 years, "Corneal Transplantation Surgery" is being performed in our country, which has a high success rate. However, the important requisite for this surgery is availability of high quality donor cornea. Unfortunately, eye donation is uncommon in our country.

In a world of complete darkness, just the ability of seeing a loved one can be nothing more than dream.