Eyes are the most valuable part of our body; therefore, it should not be wasted by burning or burying them after death. In India, 4.6 million people are estimated with corneal blindness, which are curable only through corneal transplantation that is made possible via eye donation program. 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.
Facts about eye donation:
Who cannot donate eyes?
Eyes will not be collected if the death has occurred due to following diseases or conditions:
- AIDS/hepatitis B
- Certain cancers of head and neck
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Eye donation procedure:
Inquire about the nearest eye collection center/eye bank, which is mostly located at the medical college or any eye hospital that is close to your area. Register yourself for the eye donation where you have to pledge and provide details. After completion of all formalities, you will be provided with an Eye Donation card.
Steps to be taken during eye donation:
- Call the nearest eye bank within six hours of the death of the person.
- Switch off fans and keep ACs on, if available.
- Close the eye lids gently and keep a moist cloth over eyes.
- Raise head with a pillow.
In the famous ancient Sanskrit epic Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta, there is a line said by Lord Krishna to Arjuna, which depicts the importance of eyes::
“Netram Pradhanam Servendriyanam”
(Translation: Eyes are the precious gift given to the humans by the Almighty)
So, donating the eye is the most precious gift human can ever give!
In the world of complete darkness, seeing your loved ones again can be nothing more than a dream!