We Care. We give new eyes and new life to blind people with your donated eyes.
A large number of people dwell in a world of darkness and the only cure for this is corneal transplant, that is new eyes. Eye donation awareness camps are organized to increase awareness regarding the need for eye donation in this region. The hospital has collected eyes and transplanted them successfully since 2001. As eye donation is poor in Jharkhand, and underprivileged persons cannot afford to go to far off hospitals, transplants have been done in Ranchi with corneas from other eye banks since 2013.
Eyes are our windows to the world. Without them we cannot see the beauty of the world and the people around us. Some people lose their sight either partially or wholly and can be helped by eye transplant.
In 2020 the world has 37 million blind people. India has the largest number with 15 million. Out of these 3 million people suffer from corneal blindness. Unfortunately, 26% of these are children. Cataract and glaucoma are the major causes of blindness and corneal blindness comes next. At this time it is estimated that in India we need at least 200,000 corneas per year but in the last year, 2019-2020, only 65,000 corneas were collected and out of these only about 50% were fit to transplant. So there is a big gap between demand and supply.
The donated eyes can be used to restore vision in people who are suffering from corneal blindness. Every part of the donated eyes is important. The front, clear and transparent part of the eye also known as cornea can be used to restore the eyesight of people. Some of the parts are used for research purposes to find a cure for many eye diseases.
Remember if you are donating your eyes, it can only be taken from you after your death. It is an act of charity, for the benefit of the society.
Eyes cannot be bought or sold. You can leave a priceless gift for some blind persons when you die. Anyone can pledge his eyes during his life time but eyes cannot be taken from a living person.
A death certificate must be shown before eyes can be removed.
Cornea is the transparent layer over the iris. It is the main focusing element and when it becomes cloudy or scarred, corneal blindness occurs. Corneal degeneration may be due to malnutrition, injury, infection, or post-operative damage. No disfigurement is caused to the dead body. The person seems asleep.
To donate eyes, the relatives of the deceased should do the following procedures: