Over 99% of blind Indians remain blind because there is a shortage of eye donations in India.
Demand v/s supply : 5 million v/s 22,000
There are currently an estimated 15 million blind people in India.
Of these, nearly 5 million have corneal blindness, ie they can be given sight via eye donation (corneal transplant).
60% of these are children.
Only 22,000 eye donations occur in India on average, per year. This is not enough.
If the present trend continues, it is expected that the number of corneally blind individuals in India will increase from 8.4 million to 10.6 million by 2020.
PRESERVING THE EYE AFTER DEATH
- Close the eye of the donor.
- Elevate the head with a pillow.
- Switch off the fan in the room.
- Put 4 to 5 ice cubes in a polythene pouch & place it on the donor’s forehead.
- Eye collection can happen 6-7 hours after death.
NOTE : Eye collection takes about 30 minutes. There are no visible signs of eye removal and eye donation does not interfere with funeral arrangements.
EYE DONATION FACTS
- An eye donation is only after death.
- Anyone can donate eyes irrespective of cataract, poor, sight, diabetes, hypertension or old age.
- Eyes have to be collected within 8 hours of death.
- Eye collection takes about 30 minutes.
- There are no visible signs of eye removal and eye donation does not interfere with funeral arrangements.
- One pair of eyes gives sight to two corneal blind individuals.
- The gift of sight is made anonymously. The confidentiality of the donor and the recipient are ensured.
- The collection and distribution of donor eyes are totally free of cost.
- No eye tissue is wasted.
- Eyes can be collected from any place in Bangalore Metropolitan Area.
- Eyes can be donated even if prior pledging is not done.
- All religions approve eye donation.
- Lions Eye Bank works round the clock for 365 days.