There are a number of myths associated with eye donation in India that prevents a lot of people from donating their eyes. Given below are some of the most prevalent myths about eye donation:
Myth 1 - If I donate eyes, it will leave holes in the place where eyes existed and will cause face disfigurement.
Truth - in reality, only the cornea of the eye is removed and thus there is no disfigurement of the face or hole is left
Myth 2 - If I donate my eyes, I will be born blind in the next life.
Truth - This is a total misconception, no religious book ever supported that and there is no written evidence about this. Eye donation is a very noble cause and as they say good always begets good. All religions endorse eye donation as noble deed and one of the best donation one can ever make.
Myth 3 - How my relatives and parents would react if I pledge my eyes for donation?
Truth - You must realize that a little hindrance should not refrain you from doing this good deed. In fact, instead of giving up you should try to convince and rather motivate your family for pledging their eyes as well.
Myth 4 - a person with a previous history of cataract or glaucoma cannot pledge his or her eyes for donation. Or, a person is very old and thus not a suitable candidate for eye donation.
Truth - if a person has been operated and treated for cataract or glaucoma, he or she can be considered for eye donation. Furthermore, there is no age limit for eye donation. Practically, anyone above one year of age can donate their eyes without any upper age limit.
Eye donation is one of the greatest gifts one can ever give. So, don't hesitate to donate your eyes and give someone a new life. At least, if the worst has come to pass, you can rest a little easier knowing that your kindness and benevolence will live on even after you've gone.
Facts about Eye Donation that you must know
- Anyone can donate eyes irrespective of age, gender, blood group or religion.
- Eyes can be donated only after death of a person.
- Eyes must be removed within 6 to 8 hours of death.
- Eyes can only be removed by a registered medical practitioner.
- Eye removal procedure takes only about 20-30 minutes and hence does not delay the funeral.
- A small quantity of blood is taken to rule out communicable diseases.
- Eyes can be donated even if the deceased has not formally pledged his or her eyes.
- Eye donation does not leave any scar or cause face disfigurement.
- All religions and their institutions support eye donation.
- There is no maximum age limit for eye donation. Anyone above 1 year of age can donate his or her eyes.
- Even if your wear spectacles, have cataract or have undergone successful eye surgery, you can donate your eyes.
- People with the history of hypertension and diabetes can also donate.
- The eye bank itself will send a doctor to the donor's home. No fee is charged for this service.
- Eye donation gives sight to two blind persons. One cornea is grafted to one person.
- The identities of both the donor and the recipient are kept confidential.
- On reaching the eye bank, the corneas are examined, treated and used for corneal transplant withing 36 hours .
- The cornea is used for transplantation to the patient's eye by a trained corneal surgeon.
- The donated corneas are transplanted to patient's eye, who are on the waiting list in conformity with the guidelines to avoid malpractices.
- Donated eyes are never sold or bought. It's a gift you can only give.
- An eye donation is never refused.