Donate your Eyes – Help someone see this beautiful world, again.


I opened two gifts this morning. They were my eyes. - Unknown Author. Imagine you open this gift one morning and find only darkness around. You cannot imagine, right? But for some people this is a hard reality. This article will give you an insight into pledging your eyes and help someone see this beautiful world again, through your eyes.

How wonderful it feels to wake up each morning to the chirping of the birds, to sound of breeze flowing, hearing little children play, isn't it? It is even more wonderful to see the birds, to see the trees swaying on the tune of the breeze, little children playing. Now just imagine one morning you wake up to all these sounds and open your eyes to see nothing but darkness. For some people this darkness is the way of life. They have eyes to open each morning but no eyesight to enjoy the beauty of this world. You can change this and help someone see this beautiful world, through your eyes.

What is Eye Donation?

Eye donation is nothing but donating your eyes after your death. It is a charity that is done voluntarily, solely for the purpose of benefit of the people in need.

Who can benefited through the donated eyes?

Corneal blinds, can be benefited through this process, not other Blinds.
Cornea is the transparent layer forming the front of the eye, a focusing element of the eye. It is a clear tissue covering the front of the eye. If the cornea becomes cloudy then the vision is dramatically reduced or lost. This loss of the vision is termed as corneal blindness. The cornea can get damaged through accident, while some of the industrial causes are chemical burns or flying debris. The cornea can also get damaged due to old age, infections and malnutrition and can also be Congenital/Hereditary in some cases.

Why should one pledge to donate Eyes?

Corneal blindness can be cured by surgery. There is no substitute for human tissue. Artificial corneas have not yet been developed hence removing the damaged cornea and replacing it with a healthy cornea from our fellow human beings is the only option. The eyes would ultimately be reduced to flames, or buried alongwith the body, the pledged eyes can restore sight of needy people.

Who can donate their eyes?

The best thing about corneal tissue is that everyone is a universal donor. Your blood type does not have to match, doesn't matter how old you are, what is the color of your eyes are or how good your eyesight is. Even people using spectacles or who have undergone cataract operation and those diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension can donate their eyes. Most people are suitable donors except those suffering from Rabies, Tetanus, Aids, Jaundice, Cancer, Gangrene, Brain Tumor, Food Poisoning, HIV or Hepatitis and a person who has died due to drowning or unknown causes, etc. Cornea can be removed from a deceased person within six hours of death and can be used for surgery.

How can one donate eyes?

A person who wishes to donate his or her eyes should take close family members into confidence and make them aware of their intentions. After death of the person the family members can inform the nearest eye bank to fulfill the wishes of the deceased or authorize removal of the eyes if somebody from an eye bank approaches the family.

What is an Eye Bank?

An Eye Bank is a charitable organization and is not for profit. The eye banks facilitate removal of eyes, processing and evaluation of the eyes and distributing them to the needy.

What is the procedure for Eye donation?

A special number 1919 (BSNL) has been allotted for eye banks. Most of the eye banks all over the country have this number. The eye bank personnel would give directions and precautions to be taken. The process of removing eyes does not take more than 15 to 20 minutes. It would not delay the funeral arrangements, the eye bank team either comes to the house where death has taken place or to the hospital where death has taken place and removes the eyes there.

Will there be disfigurement or complications after donation?

No there will be no disfigurement or complications. Two methods adopted for removal of eyes.
Some eye banks would remove the whole eye ball. In such a case there may be temporary bleeding. But the team is well trained to take care of such eventualities. There would be no disfigurement. The eye bank team after removal of eyes would properly close the eyes so that there is no disfigurement. Only the cornea is used to restore vision of the corneal blind person, the other portions of the eye are used for research and training purposes to develop cures for some of the common eye diseases.
The second method is removal of only the clear transparent tissue. Here also a plastic shield is placed in place of the tissue and no difference can be noticed.

General precautions to be taken

Switch off fans and if available switch on Air Conditioner. Please ensure that the eye lids are properly closed and place clean wet cloth over the closed eye lids. Raise the head with a pillow. If available keep a copy of the death certificate ready. After taking consent on a printed from and blood sample the eye bank team which would have a trained technician or a registered medical practitioner would remove the eyes.

After death one starts the journey to the other world, leaving behind the physical self, all the material and emotional belongings and baggage. What better way to embark this new journey by giving a gift of sight to the needy!

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. - Mahatma Gandhi.
With respect to eye donation I would say a positive quote, 'An eye for an (corneal blind) eye will make the whole world see again.'


Comments

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha13 Feb 2016 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

The authoress has given all the relevant information regarding the procedure of eye removal and the precaution to be taken up during the procedure of eye removal. The article gives an overhaul picture how this precious organ can be donated and who would be real benificiaries in this exercise.
We must give a wide publicity of this noble mission by wiping out any confusion haunting on the mind - set of common people and the same has to be alleviated in order to encourage common mass to pledge their eyes after their death for the benifit of needy people.
There are innumerable people interested in eye - donation but they are not aware of the procedures involved in such operations. So a wide propogation of this message would definitely change the mind- set of belligerent mass. The article contains all the essential details - right from eye - donation to its ultimate usefulness after its insertion in the appropriate place.

Author: K Mohan11 Jan 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

Donating our eyes is a noble gesture and it must be done by all educated people. We have been living a good life and that legacy must be passed to others who lost the vision. By pledging our eyes when we are alive, it can be ensured that within 6 hours of our death our eyes can be removed and fixed on to the persons who need the most. That way we are alive twice as we are giving new lease of life and our eyes would serve the second term to that person. In Hyderabad the L V Prasad Eye Institute is taking the pledge registered and also retrieve the eyes within 6 hours of death and thus serve as the example to the family and also to the society.



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