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Eye Bank Faqs

Do you know that we can provide light in the life of a blind person by donating our eyes after our death?

In India, on an estimation, we have 4.6 million people with corneal blindness that is curable through corneal transplantation made possible by eye donation. More than 90% of the corneal transplantation is carried out successfully and helps restore vision in people with corneal blindness. Corneal transplantation in infants born with cloudy cornea can make a big difference to their lives.

Can be eye donors?

Anyone at any state of the age. There is no age limit for donating eyes. 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 one’s 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 also donate their eyes.

Should we contact to donate eyes?

Eyes need to be removed within six hours after death and so it is important to get in touch with your nearest eye bank at the earliest for the purpose. 1919 is the toll free number(BSNL) on which Eye Bank team of Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital can be contacted.

Are needed after death of the person who has wished to donate his/her eyes?
  • Make a call to the Eye Bank of the hospital.
  • Keep the eyes of the deceased closed and covered with moist cotton.
  • Switch off the ceiling fan, if any, directly over the deceased person. If possible, apply antibiotic eye drops periodically in the deceased’s eyes to reduce the chance of any infection.
  • Raise the head of the deceased by about six inches, if possible, to reduce the chances of bleeding at the time of removal of the eyes.
Who cannot donate their eyes?

People who die due to unknown reasons or having infections such as rabies, syphilis, infectious hepatitis, septicemia, and AIDS, cannot donate.