Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Who can be an eye donor?

Anyone can donate their eyes. There is no age barrier. People with poor eyesight can also donate. Its most important to pledge your eyes and inform about your wish to donate to you family, friends and relatives so that they carry out the procedure upon death.

Is the whole eye be transplanted?

Contrary to the popular perception, donating eyes doesn't mean that we donate eyeballs, but only the cornea of the eye is surgically removed post death, leaving the eyeballs in the sockets in as it is condition. 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

How to pledge eyes?

The person who wishes to pledge his / her eyes need to approach the nearest Eye Bank and fill up a Eye Pledge form. After this, the eye bank people will issue a Donor card.  
It is important that your family and friends are aware of your intention.

For online pledge form please visit the links below. 

For Delhi, dial 1919 ( 24 hr-MTNL Toll-free service).

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

More on why donate?

Why Donate?

About 15 million people in India are visually challenged. It is estimated that about 6.8 million people suffer from corneal blindness. The eyes (cornea) we donate are used to cure people who have corneal blindness. If we pledge to donate our eyes we will be helping someone to see this beautiful world. And in return through his / her eyes you will continue seeing...

Background to help you understand my motivation

We who can see will hardly be able to imagine how difficult it is not to see. My Grandfather suddenly lost his eyesight in his late sixties. I have always seen him that way, but he could never see me.

He would move around the house very comfortably, but only till things were kept in identical positions. If we would make any change in the house like moving a chair etc...his world would change and make it very difficult for him to navigate without stumbling on anything.

The man that he was, he never complained, I believe he made truce with his situation and I have always seen him live his life with grace and happiness. But I could always hear his unspoken wish to be able to see his grandchildren at least once.

This blog urges everyone to donate their eyes. There are millions of people who could get a chance to see if we pass-on the lamp of our eyes to them.