India has the largest population of visually impaired people in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million corneal blind persons in the country and about 20,000 new cases are added every year. Majority of such person are young and their sight could be restored only by a corneal transplantation. Thought there has been progress in Eye Donation, approximately 45,000 to 50,000 eyes are collected every year as against the requirement of 0.12 million corneas.
Efforts are being made to create mass awareness amongst the people to reduce ‘preventable’ blindness and to encourage them to pledge their eyes for donation after death. This will go a long way in restoring the vision of those unfortunate people who have lost their eye sight due to preventable factors.
It is time, as responsible citizens for all of us to step in and help these unfortunate blind people to see again. You can help by encouraging people to pledge their eyes & for spreading the message of donating eyes for a noble cause.
Common Questions related to Eye Donation
Q. What is the need of Eye Donation?
Ans. Nearly 12 lakh people are blind because of Corneal Diseases in our country. The donated eyes can give gift of sight to two blind persons.
Q. What is Cornea?
Ans. Cornea is the Glass like transparent covering in the front part of the eye ball.
Q. What causes corneal damage?
Ans. Infections, injuries from objects and chemicals, malnutrition, Degenerations, Dystrophies and developmental defects are among the causes of corneal damage.
Q. What is Corneal Transplant?
Ans. Those who have lost their eyesight because of damage of cornea can hope for the restoration of sight through corneal grafting, Damaged cornea from the patient’s eye is removed and replaced by the healthy cornea from the donor eye. The surgical procedure is delicate and successful upto 90%.
Q. What is the role of Eye Bank?
Ans. Eye Banks collect eyes from donors after death and then arrange for their scientific processing, storage and use.
Q. Are there any restrictions for Eye Donation?
Ans. There are no restrictions for Eye Donation. All donated eyes are medically evaluated before use.
Q. How long after death can eyes be removed?
Ans. Preferably within 6 to 8 hours after death. Sooner the better.
Q. Does eye donation delay Cremation?
Ans. No, removal of eyes after death takes only 10 to 15 minutes.
Q. Does removal of eyes cause disfigurement?
Ans. No, eyes are removed skill-fully and there is no disfigurement. Plastic eye shells are put in to give a normal cosmetic appearance.
Q. What happens when donated eyes reach Eye Bank?
Ans. Donor Eyes are scientifically preserved and after evaluation used by expert surgeons usually within 48 hours
Pledge Form/Eye Donation Form:
- English (Click here to download: PGIMER Page1, Page2 AND GMCH-Sector 32 Page1, Page 2)
- Hindi (Click here to download : PGIMER Page1, Page2 AND GMCH-Sector 32 Page1, Page 2)
- Punjabi (Click here to download : PGIMER Page1, Page2 AND GMCH-Sector 32 Page1, Page 2)
Contact for any Assistance or queries:
EYE BANK, DEPARTMENT OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, PGI, CHANDIGARH, PGI Contact Number: 1919, 2744589(9:00 AM) to 5:00 PM)
2747585, Ext. 6111, 6368, Mobile No.: 98140-14464 (24 Hrs. Service)
- EYE BANK, DEPARTMENT OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE & HOSPITAL, SECTOR-32, CHANDIGARH 160030, MOBILE PHONE: 090148-21212, Phone No.: 0172-2601023-24 Extn: 3502,E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org