Eye Donation

            Lakhs of Indians suffer from corneal blindness with transplants as their only option to get vision. The biggest concern is that, there is an acute shortage of healthy, transplantable corneal tissue all over the world as there is not much awareness about eye donation in general population. Eye donation is an act of donating one’s eyes after his/her death. Eye donation is a pure act of charity for the benefit of society. By pledging your eyes upon your death, you can leave a legacy that ensures that someone will experience the joy of sight. Even eyes that may not be technically suited for a transplant are invaluable for research.

Facts about eye donation

  • Eyes can be donated only after death
  • Eyes must be removed within 4 - 6 hours after death
  • Only a Registered Medical Practitioner can remove eyes from a deceased.
  • The eye bank team will remove the eyes from the home of the deceased or from a hospital
  • Eye removal does not delay the funeral since the entire procedure takes 20-30 minutes only
  • Eye retrieval does not cause disfigurement
  • Religions are for eye donation

Important points

  • To donate eyes, the relatives of the deceased should do the following procedures
  • Close the eyelids of the deceased
  • Switch off the fan
  • Raise the head of the deceased slightly by placing a pillow underneath
  • Contact the nearest eye bank as quickly as possible.
  • Give the correct address with specific landmarks and telephone numbers to enable the eye bank team locate the place easily.

            You can make a pledge of your eyes donation by filling up the (Form1) and (Form2) available at the office of Dean Students’ Welfare. After completion of all formalities, you will be provided with an Eye Donation card. For further details you may contact Dr. Ajit Singh, Dean Student Welfare Boys and Dr. Gurdish Kaur, Dean Student Welfare Girls.