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Eye Donation

For donating eyes after death call your nearest Eyebank. List of Eyebanks in Mumbai and their telephone numbers can be downloaded from this site. It is a free service and the doctor will attend the call at the place of death. Eyes can be donated within 6 hours of death. Provide the age, cause of death, time of death and details of any preexisting illness to the Eyebank. More information on eye donation can be downloaded from this site.

What is Eye Donation?

Eyes can be donated only after death. A living person can only make a pledge to donate eyes after death. To translate a pledge to an actual donation after ones death, it is essential to inform our close ones about our wish. They need to call the eye bank in the hour of grief. You could help two blind persons regain vision by this noble act. Don’t bury or burn eyes. Let your eyes see after you die.

Who can donate?

Any person irrespective of age, sex, blood group and religion can donate eyes after death. Prior registration is not essential. Diabetes, blood pressure, those using spectacles, those with prior eye surgery or eye problems can all donate.

Who cannot donate? / When are eyes not usable ?

When there is a risk of disease transmission from one person to another, eyes cannot be donated. Persons having infections such as AIDS, jaundice (Viral Hepatitis), rabies, meningitis, tetanus, septicemia (generalised infection) etc. cannot donate. Blood cancers and cancers which have spread to the eye or the brain cannot also donate.

Procedure of eye donation?

Call the nearest eye bank as early as possible, though it is possible to donate upto six hours after death. Inform the eyebank regarding the age, cause of death and exact address. Keep the eyes closed. Switch off the fans above. Raise the head with a pillow. If available keep icepacks over the closed eyes. Keep death certificate and medical records ready.

Eyes are removed by a MBBS Doctor affiliated to a Registered Eye Bank or Eye donation centre. Removal of eyes is a simple procedure, which takes only 10-15 minutes and does not lead to any facial disfiguration or delay in funeral arrangements. It can be done at home or in the hospital. No payment is required for donating eyes.

Who is benefited by eye donation?

Corneal Transplant is the most frequently done organ transplant and also the most successful amongst organ transplants. Sight can be restored to people who have lost vision due to damaged cornea, which is the transparent layer in the front portion of the eye. Vision may improve fully (6/6) or partially if there are other eye problems. Corneal transplants can fail in some patients due to rejection and non rejection problems.

Who is not benefited by eye donation?

Sight cannot be restored if blindness is due to damage to structures other than the cornea such as the retina and optic nerve. The whole eyeball cannot be transplanted and only the damaged cornea can be replaced with a donated healthy cornea.

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