Eye Donations Help More Than 12,000 People See The World For The First Time

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Aamir Wadwan

Pune, 10th June 2022: More than 12,000 people saw light for the first time because of eye donations in the last ten years in the Pune district. They saw the world clearly for the first time. They have received this gift of the vision because of the eyes donated by the donors who have left the world.


Renowned ophthalmologist Dr Ramchandra Laxman Bhalchandra played an important role in the government service. He was born on June 10, 1924, and died on June 10, 1979. This day is celebrated as Drishtidata Day in his memory.


District Eye Surgeon Dr Prakash Rokade said that the blind can get definite vision through eye donation. For this, eye donors need to come forward. Even if the deceased has not filled out the eye donation form, close relatives can decide on the eye donation. The face of the deceased is not disfigured after eye donation. Therefore, there is a need to come forward for eye donation.


Who benefits from eye donation?

Eye donation is beneficial for patients with blindness due to bubble disease. Only eyeballs are transplanted after eye donation. The full eye is not replaced.


This leads to blindness

Injury to the eye
Infection with diseases such as chickenpox
Due to chemicals entering the eyes
How to donate an eye?

The fan in the room where the dead person is kept should be turned off. Close eyes and put wet cotton on it. Put a thick pillow under the head of the deceased.
Death certificate should be prepared
Eye donation is required to be done within six hours after death. Therefore, you should contact the nearest eye bank.
Who can donate eyes?

Eye donation can be done only after one’s death.
It can be done by anyone from children to senior citizens.
People with glasses can also donate eyes.
No religion opposes eye donation.
Eye collection in the district at a glance

Success in collecting 15,400 eyes in the Pune district from 2011-12 to 2020-21.
Out of which 42% (six thousand 487) eyes were transplanted. New vision to patients from it.
The remaining 58% of donated eyes is used for research.
This eye is useful for reducing eye malformations in some patients.
Consistent effort to make proper use of eye donated by ophthalmologists
One eye donation gives sight to two blind people. As a result, there are more than twelve thousand blind people in the district.
Consistent increase in the number of eye donations and bubble transplant surgeries in ten years
Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during coronavirus outbreaks.

Who can’t donate eyes?

Infections in the blood
Leukaemia patients