“Remember Red, hope is a good thing, may be the best of things and no good thing ever dies”
– Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption, 1994.
There are 1,20,000 people in India who have curable blindness and are hoping to live their dream – to see this beautiful world through their own eyes. More than 90 percent of the cornea transplant operations are successfully performed each year, restoring vision and hope to people. This eye donation fortnight, take a pledge to keep the hope alive.
Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about eye donation.
- Who can be an eye donor?
Anyone can be a donor irrespective of age, sex or blood group. Even old age people with cataract, diabetes and hypertension or people wearing spectacles can donate their eyes. Eyes will be collected only after the demise of the donor.
- Is the whole eye used for transplant and how it is collected?
Only the thin transparent layer in front of the iris, called the cornea, is used for transplant. It is not necessary to transport the donor to the hospital after death for donating eyes. The eye bank personnel will visit the donor’s residence. The procedure for whole eye ball removal or corneal excision takes just about 20 to 30 minutes without affecting the funeral arrangements. The excised cornea is introduced into a preservative medium which can be stored for a period of 4-14 days.
- Does eye donation disfigure the donor’s face?
No. Great care is taken to preserve the appearance of the donor. Plastic eyes are fit instead so that face recognition is intact.
- How quickly should the corneas/eyes be removed after death and do I have to inform my kin about my enrollment?
Corneas/eyes should be removed within 6 hours of demise and a prior information to the kin can help in honouring the pledge.
- Will the donor or recipient family be told who donated or received the cornea?
No. The donor – recipient information is maintained confidential.
- Will the donor family be given fees?
No. It is illegal to buy or sell human eyes, organs or tissues. Any cost involved with cornea retrieval is borne by the eye bank, which is a Govt. recognised organisation linking the donor and the recipient through an eye surgeon.
- What is Flebie’s role in this exercise?
We at Flebie are trying to realise our vision of making healthcare more accessible, transparent and convenient. As a part of our eye donation campaign, we have tied up with Narayana Nethralaya, one of the most reputed eye care hospitals in the country to make the entire process of pledging eyes as simple as it should be for the donor. One of our customer representatives will get in touch with the donor after he/she fills up the form to schedule an appointment for signing the already filled up pledge form. The donor and his/her family will also get a free cholesterol profile test or a thyroid check up done at home and a lot of other offers to choose from.
Go ahead, pledge your eyes and spread the word. For any further information about eye donation, feel free to comment on the post or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org