Eye Donation: A Gift of Sight
In India, corneal disease is second only to cataract for causing blindness. Over 1.2 million people suffer from corneal blindness, a majority of whom are children and young adults. Every year nearly 20,000 new cases are added to this backlog. A large number of these people can regain a part of their vision by undergoing a simple eye surgery (Corneal Transplant/Graft). The tragedy is that we have trained doctors and medical equipment available to treat these patients but what we do not have is the necessary donor tissue needed to perform the corneal transplant surgery.
According to available statistics, there are approximately 1,41,000 recorded deaths in Delhi every year. However, only 3450 eyes were collected by the 10 Eye Banks in Delhi last year.
Despite all measures, increase in public awareness and celebrities trying to uplift the eye donation movement, the gap between demand & supply of corneas in the country is overwhelming. Advancements in technology have not solved this issue as the number of corneas donated falls way below its requirement.
Today, during cornea donation instead of the earlier practice of removing the whole eyeball from a deceased person, now only a portion of the surface of the eye (cornea) is removed.
In order to increase public awareness about the issue, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare declared the fortnight starting from 25th August to 8th September as a National Fortnight for Eye Donation.
Venu has been associated with Late Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan of Pataudi and Smt. Sharmila Tagore, our Sight Ambassadors who have been a constant source of strength and support for us.
Eye donation is the oldest form of organ and tissue donation in the world, dating back to the first corneal transplant in 1905. The advancement in ophthalmology has made corneal transplants highly successful over the past century. Over 90% of all corneal transplant operations successfully restore the corneal recipient’s vision. However, what remains a concern the world over is the availability of healthy corneal tissues from Eye Donations that can restore vision for the corneal blind.
Of all the sense organs, the gift of sight is the most precious
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