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Donate Your Eyes


What is Eye donation?

Contrary to common belief, eye donation does not involve donation of the entire eye. Only the cornea is donated and one cornea may serve to help up to eight persons recover their sight. As the eye itself is not removed this does not cause any disfigurement.

What is Cornea?

Cornea is the glass like coverring over the pupil of the eye.

Why does the cornea get damaged?

The cornea usually gets damaged because of infections or injuries of the eye or poor nutrition, especially in childhood.

How can eyesight be restored?

Persons who have lost their sight because of damage to the cornea can hope to regain it with corneal grafting (keratoplasty).

Are there any synthetic substitutes for the cornea?

So far no substitutes have been developed for the cornea.

Who can pledge his/her eyes for donation?

Any person can pledge to donate his/her eyes without consideration of age, sex or social status. Those who wear glasses, have had a successful eye surgery or suffer from some systemic disease, can also pledge to donate their eyes.

Are any costs involved in eye donation?

No fees are charged from the family. The Eye bank send its team to the donor's home after information is received about the death of the donor. This is a free service in the public interest.

Can the cornea be removed at home?

The eyes can be removed at home / hospital / mortuary / any other place where the body is kept after death within 6-8 hrs., after which the tissue becomes inoperable.

Does the recipient have to pay for the eye that is used for grafting?

No the Service are absolutely free Donated eyes are never bought or sold.

What are the moral and religious views on eye donation?

Religious leaders throughout the world have voiced their support for eye donation as an expression of the highest humanitarian ideas.

How to contact?

Contact M.P. Birla Eye Bank
8th Floor, Maruti Building, 12, Dr. U. N. Brahmachar i St., (formerly Loudon St.), Kol - 700 017
Phone: 9831810101, 9748401651
website: www.birlaeye.org
email: eyebank@birlaeye.org