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Eye donation

  • Eyes: A beautiful gift
    Information about Eye donation
  • Why is Eye Donation Important?
  • Facts about Eye Donation
  • Myths related to eye donation
  • How to donate your eyes
Eyes: A beautiful gift
Information about Eye donation:


In a world of complete darkness, just the ability of seeing a loved one can be nothing more than dream.
Out of the 15 million Indians in the dark due to blindness, 3 million suffer due to corneal blindness: 60% of whom are children. The major causes for this are infection, injuries, malnutrition, congenital disorders etc. Over the past 50 years, “Corneal Transplantation Surgery” is being performed in our country, which has a high success rate. However, the important requisite for this surgery is availability of high quality donor cornea. Unfortunately, eye donation is uncommon in our country.

Times Of India 20th March 2015
Why is Eye Donation Important?
The World may not be as colorful to them as to you. There are millions of children in the world, who know only one color “BLACK”
Blindness means inability to see anything.

There are many types of blindness among them corneal blindness can be reversed (cured).

There are currently an estimated 15 million blind people in India. Though, the studies have shown that 50% of the general population were aware of ‘eye collection’ in India,less than 5% knew that this should be done within the first 6 hrs of death and 20% had heard about corneal transplantation.In India, thousands of people remain blind due to non-availability of donor.(International Journal of Public Health and Human Rights, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2012).

In past, People were unaware of blood donation. They were gradually educated, convinced and started donating voluntarily. Similarly, we should convince people that after our death, our organs could be of use to someone to lead a normal and happy life.

People are generally afraid to think about the happenings after death. Even if the deceased has given the consent for donating his eyes, the family members may not realize the necessity of fulfilling his word as profound grief and sorrow overwhelms the bereaved family. There is no shortage of potential donors. All that is needed is a timely request and quick eye collection service.

Eye donation allows each one a chance to perform social good. It costs us nothing and makes no demand on our time. Our eyes, that we burn or bury after death, can be recycled into priceless gift of vision for millions of our corneal blind citizens.

Facts about Eye Donation:
Anyone of any age can donate eyes.

  • The eye part cornea (transparent section of the eye) is removed, not the full eye ball.
  • Spectacle wearers and people suffering from diabetics, hypertensive, asthma etc. can also donate eyes. 2. Patients who have undergone cataract surgery can also donate eyes.
  • Eye donation gives sight to two corneal blind persons. The process of removing the eye is called nucleation.
  • Eye can be donated even if they have not been pledged earlier.
  • Eyes can be donated only after death and within 4-6 hours after death.
  • Eye removal is a simple process involving 10-15 minutes.
  • The identities of both the donor and the recipient remain confidential.
  • Eye donation is accepted only posthumously.
  • People died due to unknown causes cannot donate their eyes.
  • Close the eyes of the deceased and place moist cotton over them.
Myths related to eye donation:

  • Eye donation does not leave a hole in the donor’s eye.
    Only corneal portion is removed so the eye looks as it is.
  • Aged person/person suffering even from a single disease can’t donate his/her eyes.
    There is no such restriction on eye donation though restriction is only for a few of the diseases.
  • Some people have a misconception that if they donate eye, they will be born blind in their next life.
    There is no such law of God. Eye donation is a worthy, social cause with which a single donor can give vision to two people!
How to donate your eyes:
You can register yourself at one of the following associations.