In India, more than 2 million people suffer from blindness – but they do not have to stay blind for the rest of their lives. With the help of eye banking services, eyes can be donated to help eliminate corneal blindness one pair at a time. There are many benefits to being an eye donor or getting eyes from an eye bank:
Time is absolutely critical when it comes to eye transplants. For the eyes to be viable for transplantation, they must be donated within 6 hours of the donor’s death. An eye bank makes the process more efficient. Working with an eye bank also makes the process of looking for a donor a lot easier as the bank itself actively finds people who are willing to pledge their eyes in the future.
There is a huge risk in purchasing organs through the black market as there is no way to know if previous owners were carriers of HIV, Hepatitis B or C, or other rare, infectious diseases. Eye banking services eliminates these risks, ensuring that the eyes are safe for transfer.
The Eye Foundation in Bangalore is equipped with an efficient surgical team and sophisticated instrumentation to handle the most complex corneal transplants restoring vision and hope in the lives of many.
Not only do they have the tools—they also have the skills. The best hospitals with large Eye banks have the best eye specialists and surgeons with many years of world-class training. The process of harvesting eyes in an eye bank also an easy and bloodless procedure that can be done in less than 15 minutes. It will not disfigure the face of the donor in any way.
Passing on healthy organs to people who still need them is one of the best ways to leave a mark on this Earth. By donating or pledging eyes, givers help the blind regain their sight , the ability to manage their lives individually and of course, seeing their loved ones and their surroundings.