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About Eye Donation

1. What is Corneal Transplantation?

Cornea is the transparent front portion of the eye that permits light to enter the eye and focus on the retina. Normally crystal clear, it can become cloudy or misshapen, causing partial or total corneal blindness. Corneal transplantation is a surgical procedure whereby a damaged cornea is replaced by a healthy cornea from a deceased donor.

2. Is the whole eye used for the transplantation?

No, only the front thin transparent layer (cornea) is used for transplantation.

3. How quickly should the corneas be removed after death?

It should be removed within 6-8 hours of death.

4. Is it necessary to take the donor to the hospital?

No, the eye bank team goes to the donor's residence or the hospital to perform the procedure.

5. Will this delay the funeral arrangement?

No, the procedure takes only twenty minutes.

6. Are all corneas fit for transplantation?

Only the corneas of people suffering from AIDS, rabies, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, septicemia are considered unfit for transplant.

7. Are all donors screened for contagious disorder?

Yes.

8. What happens to corneas that not used for the surgery?

Even if a donated cornea is not good enough for vision, it can be still be used for emergency patching up of defective corneas till a healthy cornea becomes available.

9. Will the donor or the recipient's family know the identity of each other?

No, the donor-recipient information in kept strictly confidential.

10. Do religious authorities approve of Eye Donation?

Yes, all religious faiths support this vital sight restoration program.