Eye Bank

There are currently an estimated 15 million blind people in India. Corneal blindness accounts for 6.8 million people with vision less than 6/60 in at-least one eye, of which, about 1 million suffer from bilateral corneal blindness.If the current trend continues, it is expected that the number of corneal blind individuals, in India, will increase to 10.6 million by 2020. Of these, at least 3 million can benefit by corneal transplantation.

To effectively, meet the ever growing demand, we need around 150,000 corneal transplants to be performed every year. The shortage of corneas is so acute that, a majority of the patients requiring corneal transplantation are not fortunate enough, to undergo the procedure within a reasonable period.

Eye donations can be done by any person,regardless of age, gender or race. Even people using spectacles, suffering from diabetes or hypertension can donate their eyes. One can give the ‘gift of sight’ by pledging ones’ eyes at our Eye Bank. However, the consent of the next-of-kin, is essential for finally completing the procedure of an effective eye donation. Out of the total death, annually, in our Country, even in the case, where 1.5 % of people donate their eyes, this will reduce the burden of corneal blindness greatly. Along with voluntary eye donations, the hospital cornea retrieval programme (HCRP) should also be encouraged to get younger and healthier donor tissues.