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Your Role in Eye Donation

By deciding to donate eyes, you give someone the most precious gift of a chance to see the world.

You can help by:

  • Pledging your eyes and encouraging your family members to donate as well.
  • Being a member of the eye donation centre.
  • Calling the nearest eye bank immediately when a death occurs in the family.
  • Motivating friends and relatives of the deceased to donate eyes.
  • Monetary support to the patient or to the Eye Bank.

To donate eyes, these important procedures should be followed by the relatives of the deceased:

  • In the event of death contact the nearest eye bank as quickly as possible.
  • Switch off the fan
  • Raise the head of the deceased slightly by placing a pillow underneath
  • Close the eye lids of the deceased
  • Give the correct address with specific landmarks and telephone number to enable the eye bank team locate the place easily
  • If the death certificate from the physician is available, keep it ready
  • Eye donation can be done only with the written consent of the next of kin in the presence of two witnesses

Facts about eye donation procedure:

  • Eyes can be donated only after death
  • Eyes must be removed within 4 - 6 hours after death
  • Eyes can be removed by Registered Medical Practitioner only.
  • The eye bank team will remove the eyes at the home of the deceased or at a hospital
  • Eye removal does not delay the funeral since the entire procedure takes 20-30 minutes only
  • A small quantity of blood will be drawn to rule out communicable diseases
  • Eye retrieval does not cause disfigurement
  • Religions support eye donation
  • The identities of both the donor and the recipient are kept confidential


What happens after eye donation?

  • The donors family receives a certificate of appreciation from the eye bank
  • The eyes are taken to the eye bank and evaluated by a trained eye bank staff
  • Tests are carried out and the tissue is sent to the corneal surgeon
  • The waiting list is referred and the recipient is called for corneal transplant
  • Corneal transplant is performed
  • Periodic follow-up of the recipient is done over time to ensure that the graft is successful



iindu r
Date: Feb 23, 2011

Nayanjyothi - really I am very happy to participate as a eye donor. Thanks for your support.
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