NAVNIT SHAH EYE BANK (NSEB)

About NSEB

In India,we have an estimated 4.6 million people with corneal blindness that is curable through corneal transplantation made possible by eye donation.More than 90% of the corneal transplantation is carried out successfully and helps restore vision in people with corneal blindness.Corneal transplantation in infants born with cloudy cornea can make a big difference to their lives.

Navnit Shah Eye Bank is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the noble cause of eye donation since its inception in 2000.

The objectives of Navnit Shah Eye Bank are :

  • 1. Create awareness about eye donation
  • 2. Collection of corneal tissue from donors
  • 3. Co-ordinaton with Eye Bank Coordination & Research Centre (EBCRC) for utilisation of the collected corneas.

Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan & Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Rajinikanth, Zakir Hussain, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Chiranjeevi and many more have endorsed eye donation.

Steps of eye donation

  • Call NSEB on 98-2000-3937 or the nearest eye bank on 1919.
  • Remember, the eyes need to be collected within 6 hours of death.
  • Keep the Death Certificate ready. This is the only mandatory requirement.
  • Keep the Death Certificate ready. This is the only mandatory requirement.
  • Switch off the ceiling fan, if any, directly over the deceased person. The AC/cooler may be left on.
  • If possible, apply antibiotic eye drops periodically in the deceased’s eyes to reduce the chance of any infection.
  • Raise the head of the deceased by about six inches, if possible.
  • A small quantity of blood will be drawn to rule out communicable diseases.

  • FAQs

    What is a cornea?

    The cornea is the clear, transparent layer in front of the “black/brown portion" of the eye. It is also the main focusing surface, which converges light rays as they enter the eye to focus on the retina. It is thus the most important part of the optical apparatus of the Eye. Loss of transparency directly results in loss of vision.

    How does a cornea become opaque?

  • Infection
  • Injuries
  • Malnutrition
  • Congenital/Hereditary.
  • What is corneal transplantation?

    A Corneal transplant is an operation that replaces the opaque cornea with a clear cornea obtained from a human donor.

    Who can be eye donors?

    Anyone from the age of one. There is no age-limit for donating the eye. All one needs to do is bequeath his or her eyes by taking a simple pledge to donate the eyes after death. While taking a pledge during ones lifetime itself is a noble deed, it requires the support of the relatives or friends to carry out the wishes of eye donation of the deceased. People using spectacles and those diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension can donate their eyes.

    Can the next of kin consent to a donation if the deceased person has not signed an eye donation form?

    Yes, the relatives of the deceased can decide on donating the eyes of their beloved one.

    How can I be of help on the death of a close relative or friend?

    Motivate the next of kin of the deceased person to donate their eyes. Eyes need to be collected within 6 hours of death so call your nearest eye bank at the earliest. You are authorized to donate the eyes of your beloved relatives at the time of their death, even if a pledge for donation has not been made earlier by the deceased.

    Please remember the following after making the call to the NSEB

  • Keep the eyes of the deceased closed and covered with moist cotton.
  • Switch off the ceiling fan, if any, directly over the deceased person.
  • If possible, apply antibiotic eye drops periodically in the deceased’s eyes to reduce the chance of any infection.
  • Raise the head of the deceased by about six inches, if possible.
  • Who cannot donate their eyes?

    Death due to unknown causes. People who die due to infections such as rabies, syphilis, infectious hepatitis, septicaemia, and AIDS, cannot donate.

    Are there any religious conflicts in eye donation?

    There are no religious conflicts on eye donation. Eye donation gives a gift of sight to others. As such, it is consistent with beliefs and attitudes of all major religious and ethical traditions.

    Will eye donation cause disfigurement of the face?

    No, there is no disfigurement of the face.

    Will eye donation cause delays in funeral arrangement?

    No, it has to be performed within six hours and leaves no disfigurement that will interfere with common funeral practices.

    Is the whole eye of the donor transplanted?

    No, only the cornea is transplanted. However, the rest of the eye is used for research and education purposes.

    Can a person who is blind due to retinal or optic nerve disease donate his eyes?

    Yes, provided the cornea of the donor is clear.

    Can a living person donate his eyes?

    No, donation from living persons is not accepted.

    Will the recipient be informed of the donor’s details?

    No, the gift of sight is made anonymously. The identities of both the donor and the recipient are kept confidential.

    Are there any dedicated telephone numbers for calling the Eye Bank for eye donation?

    Yes. We have a dedicated number 98-2000-EYES (98-2000-3937) where we can be contacted any time. As your call, expressing your desire to donate the eyes of a loved one, is very important to us, our Eye Bank works 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Family members of the deceased persons can contact us on this phone number.

    VISION FOUNDATION OF INDIA (VFI)

    About VFI

    It was in 1993 that Dr. Kulin Kothari, driven by a near obsession of making India blind free, established Vision Foundation of India (VFI). An esteemed ophthalmologist, he started the organisation to eradicate curable blindness. Ever since, VFI has been enabling the treatment of destitutes from all parts of India.

    VFI provides free eye check ups and surgeries for the downtrodden of the society. The quality of eye care and medical technology is still beyond the reach of most afflicted people in the country. The foundation therefore helps by giving them quality eye care free of cost, through advanced infrastructure and equipment.

    VFI has steadily increased its reach to the rural parts of India. The Foundation has operated lakhs of patients and conducted free eye camps in both rural and urban parts of India. Dr. Kulin Kothari firmly believes, lack of money should never be the reason to have poor eyesight.