Eye Donation is a noble act, which enables a visually impaired person to gain eyesight through another person’s donated cornea. The donor actually pledges to donate his or her eyes before their death.
This window is not really open to many but can be opened to a few through a phenomenon called Eye donation.
This can be possible only if the impaired person suffers from corneal blindness and not any other cases of blindness.
There are approximately 35 million people in the world who are blind or going blind and most are curable if the had a Cornea donor. Curable people comprise of almost 3 million of which 60% are children aged below 12.
The notable fact about Eye donationis that the donors are outnumbering the ones awaiting donation. The not-so-well-known fact is that most of the cases in blindness can be cured by corneal transplantation.
There are still many people that don’t understand the importance of Eye donation. There are many others who have misunderstandings about Eye donation.
There are even those who have superstitious sentiments and beliefs about Eye donation.
For example, they believe that when one donates his/her eyes in this life it may lead to a deformity in their next life.
This clearly shows that there is lack of awareness about the truth and facts related to this and the need of education so that everyone can get the real message behind this donation.
In the Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study there were 2500 people of Hyderabad India that were interviewed about the awareness of this and their willingness to pledge their eyes for donation.
It was quite surprising that a majority of them were aware of the this and only a handful of them had pledged their eyes for donation.
Less known facts about donating your eyes:
Even though there is a minimum awareness among the rural population of the world there has been quite an increase in the number of donors when compared to a few years ago.
Thanks to the various governmental and non-governmental organizations who took the campaign to almost every part of the country.
The credit can also be given to the many celebrities who pledged their eyes and involved themselves in the campaign for creating awareness among the illiterate.
Despite so much being done about creating awareness, there is still something lacking in the way things are done.
Medical students can also be encouraged to motivate patients and their relatives to pledge their eyes and can counsel them in detail about donation and its importance.
In an analysis that took place among the medical students on this, about 99% of them knew that donation can be done only after death but only 41.1% of them knew that the ideal donation time is within six hours of death.
Many of them were willing to pledge eyes and some others had reasons for not being able to donate eyes.
Some of the reasons given were:
Your family physician can also educate you on donating your eyes.
Further steps when taken can increase the awareness on the importance of donation and what it can do to help the needy.
The importance of this must be spread to all parts of the world so that we can increase the knowledge about the necessity of donating eyes and thus increase the number of donors which may in turn decrease the prevalence of blindness.
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