In doing so we also believe in the power of giving and sharing and thus our group has taken a pledge and has committed to donate their eyes. One will be surprised to note that in India alone, we have an estimated 4.6 million people with corneal blindness that is curable through corneal transplantation made possible by eye donation and we are committed for making that happen. More than 90% of the corneal transplantation is carried out successfully and helps restore vision in people with corneal blindness.
In keeping with these principles we have identified those areas where we can make a real impact and have established these as our priorities for optimising relationships with our stakeholders and society at large.
Who can be eye donors?
Anyone from the age of one. There is no age-limit for donating the eye. All one needs to do is bequeath his or her eyes by taking a simple pledge to donate the eyes after death. While taking a pledge during ones lifetime itself is a noble deed, it requires the support of the relatives or friends to carry out the wishes of eye donation of the deceased. People using spectacles and those diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension can donate their eyes.
How can one donate eyes?
Eyes are removed only after death. A person wishing to donate eyes should make close family members aware of their intentions. After the death of the person, it is the family who can inform the nearest eye bank to fulfill the wishes of the deceased or authorize the removal of the eyes if somebody from an eye bank approaches the family.
When should the eye-surgeon or eye bank be informed to donate the eyes?
The eyes of a dead person can be used only if they are taken out within 6 hrs of death. When a person who has given consent for the donation of one's eyes dies, the eye should be kept wet by sprinkling water on them. Otherwise pieces of cotton wool soaked in water should be placed on both the eyes so that the cornea does not become dry till the eye-surgeon arrives. After the removal of the eyes the eyelids will be stitched together and there will be no visible sign of the eyes having been removed. The entire process is completed within 10-15 mins.
How do I contact an eye bank?
A special Toll free number 1919 (BSNL) Nationwide has been allotted for eye banks. Most of the eye banks all over the country have this number, once information for eye donation is communicated to eye banks; the eye bank sends its team to collect the eyes. By calling this number, details about eye donation can also be obtained.Also,all local news paper carry the eye banks number in their Emergency Number list.You can even get it from 197(BSNL/TATA Directory numbers.)At last,if required,you can contact any hospital and ask them for thelocal eye bank number.
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