Million Visually Impaired Worldwide, with 39 Million fully Blind
Million Visually Impaired in India, of which 8 Million are totally Blind
Are avoidable blindness, due to the acute shortage of Optometrists
While India needs 40,000 optometrists, it has only 8,000 Today.
A staggering 1.4 million children are blind in India today. The major causes of blindness in children include Cataract, Retinopathy Of Prematurity (ROP), and Vitamin A deficiency. Approximately half of all childhood blindness can be avoided or treated.
India needs 2.5 lakh donated eyes every year
The country’s 109 eye banks manage to collect a maximum of just 25,000 eyes, 30% of which can’t be used.
Facts & Myths about Eye Donation
Eyes can be removed out of living human beings.
Eyes are removed only after death. Eyes can only be pledged by a live person. Eyes can be donated only after death
Eye donation interferes with, or delays customary final rites
Eye donation does not interfere with or delay final rites, as the corneal excision procedure takes less than 20 minutes. Nor does removal of eyes does not produce any disfigurement of the face.
Eyes of aged donors are not acceptable
All donor eyes are acceptable irrespective of the donor’s age, including eyes of premature/ still born babies.
Indian eyes are not good to be used for corneal transplantation
Eyes of any deceased person anywhere in the world can be used for corneal transplantation following evaluation.
Corneal transplantation is an experimental procedure
Corneal transplantation is a proven, routinely performed surgery and is a successful procedure. Corneal transplantation is effective in all eyes, if performed under optimal conditions.
Human eyes can be bought or sold
Selling or buying of human eyes is illegal.
Only those who have pledged their eyes can donate them after death
Pledging of eyes is not important, because even in the case of a pledge, the consent of the family member is essential, without which an eye cannot be removed.