Quick Facts about Eye Donation

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Important Quick Facts about Eye Donation

  • Eyes can be donated only after death of a person.
  • Eyes can be donated even if the deceased has not formally pledged his or her eyes.
  • Anyone can donate eyes irrespective of age, gender, blood group or religion.
  • Person who wears spectacles can also donate his/her eyes.
  • People with the history of hypertension and diabetes can also donate.
  • Eyes must be removed within 6 to 8 hours of death.
  • Eyes can only be removed by a registered medical practitioner.
  • Eye donation gives sight to two blind persons. One cornea is grafted to one person.
  • The identities of both the donor and the recipient are kept confidential.
  • The eye bank itself will send a doctor to the donor’s home. No fee is charged for this service.
  • Eye removal procedure takes only about 20-30 minutes and hence does not delay the funeral.
  • On reaching the eye bank, the corneas are examined, treated and used for corneal transplant within 36 hours.
  • The cornea is used for transplantation to the patient’s
  • eye by a trained corneal surgeon.
  • Donated eyes are never sold or bought.
  • An eye donation is never refused

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