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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is cornea?
    Cornea is the glass like covering over the pupil of the eye.

  2. Why does the cornea get damaged?
    The cornea usually gets damaged because of infections or injuries of the eye or poor nutrition especially in childhood.

  3. How can the eyesight in these patients be restored?
    Persons who have lost their sight because of damage to the cornea can hope to regain it with corneal grafting.

  4. Who can be an eye donor?
    Any ones age sex is not important, and it does not matter if you wear glasses or have undergone a cataract operation or any other eye surgery. All that is needed is a clear and healthy cornea.

  5. Are any costs involved in eye donation?
    No fees are charged from the family. The Eye Collection Center will rush a doctor to the donors home. This is a free service in the public interest.

  6. Can I choose who will receive the corneas from my eyes?
    You may make a request to that effect to the eye bank. But the corneas are usually transplanted into the next two patients on the waiting list to avoid any unfair practice.

  7. Can my family meet the person who receives the corneas from my eyes?
    No. the recipient will always remian anonymous. But the family should take pride in knowing the fact that the donors eyes have been used to restore vision to two blind person.

  8. Can the eyes be removed at home?
    The eyes can be removed at home or any other place where the body is kept after death.

  9. Does the recipient have to pay for the eye that is used for grafting?
    Services by the government and voluntary sector are provided free of charge. Donated eyes are never bought or sold.

  10. What are the normal and religious views on eye donation?
    Religious leaders throughout the world have voiced their support for eye donation as an expression for the highest humanitarian ideals.

 

Myths Vs. Reality

Myths

Reality

Total eyeball is tranplanted Only the cornea is transplanted not the whole eye ball.
Eyes can be donated while the
donor is alive.
Pledging is done during life.Cornea are removed after death
Eyes can be removed even
Long after death.
Cornea should be removed With in 6-8 hour of death
Eyes are brought and sold Eyes are neither sold nor bought
Donations are purely voluntary
And on information and
acceptance from the close
relatives of the bereaved family.
The Donors face is disfigured The donors face is not disfigured
All types of blindness can be cured and vision restored Only corneal blindness can be
and vision restored corrected by
Eye donation
All eyes harvested are utilized for
Transplantation
After evaluation the corneas that are not suitable for
transplantation are used for
research purpose
No need to screen the donors cornea for Diseases
The donors blood is tested for
Diseases hepatitis/AIDS/Venereal etc
Corneas are removed only at a hospital or death in hospital or nursing home They can be removed at hospital or even at residence where the
death occurs.