After one dies, their eyes can be donating or used for another patient/person to see the beautiful world.
A place to store corneas (the clear "front window" of the eye) for use in future keratoplasty (surgery to replace the cornea). A storage place for human corneas from the newly dead for transplant to the eyes of those blind from corneal defects.
Donors can be in any age group or sex
People who are diabetics, with high blood pressure, asthma and those without communicable diseases can donate eyes.
Persons with AIDS
Hepatitis B and C,
Acute leukemia (Blood cancer),
Encephalitis cannot donate their eyes.
Eye Donation is important for preservation and restoring eye sight for the needy corneal blindness patients.
Corneal transplantation is very common among the public as the public are given awareness in restoring sight. Many in the age group from new born to old age have been benefitted.
Cornea transplant is usually done within 4 days after receiving the eye donation.
The eye tissue is removal soon after the death, after evaluating the condition of the tissue .The removal of the eyes will have no significant change or disfiguration in the appearance of the dead person.
No. Only the cornea and the sclera (white part of the eye) can be transplanted. The other part of the eye can be used for research & education.
The donor cornea is determined with HIV, Hepatitis B and syphilis test before surgery. If any tissue is deemed unsuitable for transplant, it will be utilized for Research.
No. Eye tissue is procured within hours of death, so families may proceed with funeral arrangements as planned.
No. The appearance of the donor will not change. No one will be able to notice that eyes have been donated.
No. It is crime and illegal to buy/sell human eyes, organs and tissues. All the expenses related with the eye donation will be borne by the Eye Donation Team only.
No. Donor details is strictly preserved as per law.
A eye donation /pledge form is available in all the eye hospitals. Contact the hospital authorities and fill up the details asked in that form.
After a person dies, the eyes must be closed immediately
The fan must be switched off
The head of the deceased must be raised with a pillow
The nearest eye bank must be contacted as quickly as possible.
While informing the eye bank, do not panic and cry. Give the correct address/ landmarks/which can be easily located and 2 mobiles numbers to be called
If the death certificate is available, keep it ready
Eye donation will be done only with the written consent of the next of kin in the presence of two witnesses