In Association with Anugraha Vision Foundation Trust, is a unique project for collection and storage of eyes in the Vijayapur district. The main objective of the trust is to collect and store from enthusiastic donors and make it available for the needy. Though a tedious and discouraging procedure, the trust with like minded people has taken the much required initiative of this hour.
Cornea is glass like covering over the pupil of the eye.
The cornea usually gets damaged because of infections or injuries of the eye or poor nutrition especially childhood.
Person who have lost their sight because of damage to the cornea can hope to regain it with corneal grafting.
So far no substitutes have been developed for the cornea.
Corneal blindness encompasses a range of eye conditions that ultimately affect the transparency of the cornea, leading to the blindness. Attacking to root causes of corneal blindness is the best path to blindness prevention.
Causes of corneal blindness include :
Traditional medicine or home remedies, which often harm the eye rather than relieve pain or improve eyesight
According to the World Health Organization, corneal blindness is the world’s fourth leading cause of blindness, following cataract, glaucoma and age related macular degeneration.
Trachoma, an infection disease endemic in poor, rural pockets of the developing world, is the leading cause of corneal blindness, with approximately 4.9 million people blinded by it.
Anyone can donate his/her eyes with out consideration of age, sex or social status. It has been proven beyond doubt that almost everyone can donate eyes. People who wear spectacles, with high B.P., diabetics or people with systemic disorders like asthma, tuberculosis, or even those who have undergone cataract surgery can donate eyes. The only criterion is a healthy and clear cornea.
procedure for eye donation is actually divided into 3 parts.
Pledging of eye by the prospective donor. This is preferred but not necessary.
Consent of the next of kin to donate after the death of the individual Calling the eye bank to retrieve the eye of the deceased and implementing the directions of the eye Bank to help keep the corneas in a good condition till they arrival.
The eye Bank team arrives and within approximately 30 minutes the cornea is harvested, stored in a preservation medium and taken immediately to the Eye Bank. Here the cornea is tested, evaluated and distributed as per rules laid down by the Eye Bank Association of India.
The most important action you can take to ensure you will be a donor is to tell your family and legal representative. It is helpful if they know how you feel in advance.
Keep a donor card with you at all times so it will serves as an indication to your family, your legal representative and hospitals of your intention to be an eye donor.
The Donors relatives have the authority and moral responsibility to donate the eye of the deceased, especially if the donor expressed his desire during his/her lifetime.
The patient has to be kept in a separate room. The patient’s relatives will not be let into the room. The team of doctors will remove the eyes under aseptic precautions. The eyes will be kept in sterile containers and in cold chamber. The socket is filled with cotton material and sutured, so that the absence of the eyeball is not noticeable. There will not be any disfigurement of the face even after the eyeball is removed. The retrieved eyes will be taken to the hospital where the cornea is removed and used to transplant in corneal blind patients.
Get the valid death certificate quickly.
Procedure to be done after the death of the donor / non donor
Informing to Anugraha Vision Foundation Trust.
Switch off the Fan.
Place Ice cubes over the eyes.
Eye donation should be done within 6 hrs of the death of the donor.
No fees are charged from the family. The eye collection center will rush a doctor to the donor’s home. This is a free service in the public interest.
All eye banks are non-profit organizations with a mission to procure and provide donated human eye tissue for sight restoring transplantation procedures as well as providing vital tissue for research and education.
Always remember the family who had the decision to donate, it is our responsibility to honor the gift.
This is the final gift that an individual can give, we must make it their best.
Let your eyes change someone’s life make eye donation your family tradition.
LET YOUR EYES CHANGE SOMEONE’S LIFE…
BE A PART OF EYE DONATION CAMPAIGN…
All the NGOs around the region are in close association with us to conduct free eye camps for the poor and needy. Namely,
Free eye camps