Eye Donation- FAQs

 

What is eye donation?

Eye donation is gifting one’s eyes, that others may have sight.

Who can benefit from an eye donation?

People who have a problem with their cornea, the central, transparent tissue covering the front of the eye, and who can at least still perceive light may benefit from an eye donation. Problems may be due to injury, birth defects, malnutrition, infection, chemical injury or complications of other eye surgeries. These make the cornea whitish or cloudy, and cause poor vision.

Who can be an eye donor?

Anyone, regardless of sex or age.

What does it mean to donate your eye?

When someone pledges to become an eye donor, the person’s eyes are retrieved within 4-6 hours after death. If found suitable after screening, the donor(s) is contacted and receives the transplant as soon as possible, usually within 14 days. The cornea is the part of the eye that is actually transplanted. Other parts may be used for research and educational purposes.

One person can help restore sight to at least two corneal blind people.

When can you donate?

You can only become a donor after death. A rare exception is self donation, in which one eye is completely blind and has a healthy cornea that can be transplanted onto the other eye.

How can you become a donor?

You can pledge to donate your eyes by contacting your local eye bank, and informing your family about your decision to donate.

But really, why should you donate?

“Because the best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them away”– Doris Day

What better way to give life anew to someone, than the gift of sight, when you won’t be needing yours anymore?

 

Thinking about donating? Learn more : http://www.eyebankng.com/index.php

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