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.
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.