Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
- LIONS INTERNATIONAL EYE BANK/HOSPITAL, Lions Eye Hospital Road (Off J.C. Road), Bangalore - 560 002. Ph # 2223 5005 / 2212 1255
- NETRA JYOTHI INTERNATIONAL EYE BANK, 56/2, Hs Rd, Bangalore - 560 002. Ph # 2224 3974 / 2224 3974
- PRABHA EYE CLINIC & RESEARCH CENTRE 504, Cross 40, Block 8, Jayanagar, Bangalore - 560 070. Ph # 2663 7041 / 2634 4141 / 2691 0731
- NARAYAN EYE FOUNDATION P LTD 121/c, Chord Rd, Block 1r, Rajajinagar, Bangalore - 560010. Ph # 2357 6855 / 2357 2633 / 2290 2927 / 2347 9366 / 2357 7355 / 2337 0122 / 2357 7776 / 2357 8530
- BG WEST LIONS EYE HOSPITAL 56/2, Eye Hosp Rd, Jc Road, Bangalore - 560002. Ph # 2212 1253 / 2597 0657 / 2212 1255
- DR AGARWAL'S EYE HOSPITAL LTD 15, Eagle St Tn, Richmond Town, Bangalore - 560025. Ph # 2212 6732 / 2222 1242 / 2229 3040 / 2229 8175 / 2229 8215 / 2224 0200
- NETHRADHAMA SUPER SPECIALITY EYE HOSPITAL 256/14, Nethradhama, Kp Rd, Block 7, Jayanagar, 560082. Ph # 2663 4202 / 2663 3770
- HAWKEYE INSTITUTE FOR BETTER VISION 312/17, Cross 27, Main 10, Block 3, Jayanagar, Bangalore - 560011. Ph # 2655 7223
- SURANA PROJECT DRISHTI EYE INSTITUTE 2, Sirur Park Rd, Seshadripuram, Bangalore - 560020. Ph # 2334 7042 / 2334 7027
- BHAGWAN MAHAVEER JAIN NETRALAYA 3, Rly Platform Rd, Bangalore - 560020. Ph # 2356 5384
- VITTALA INTERNATIONAL INST OF OPTHALMOGY, Hosakerehalli, Cross 2, Main 2, Stage 3, Block 7, Banashankari, Bangalore - 560085. Ph # 2672 2213 / 2672 2214 / 2672 2215 / 2672 2219
- NETRA JYOTHI MOBILE OPTHALMIC HOSPITAL. Ph # 2223 2562
Person with eye problem like Cataract or Glaucoma cannot donate their eyes. Also, the person is very old and hence cannot donate his/her eyes.
Wrong. A Person who HAS Cataract or Glaucoma CANNOT donate their eyes, But a person OPERATED for Cataract or Glaucoma can BE considered for eye donation. Also, Age will not come into picture while donating the eyes. As long as the person or his/her family/friends have a good mindset of doing some good to blind, can donate their eyes.
I was reading an article in the Newsletter of EBAI where i found that the eyes of an 105 year old lady of Mysore district was donated (in 2002) and now, her eyes is used by two blind persons to see this beautiful world! How amazing it could be...
Hopefully, in this 21st century, people will not yield to these myths and hence come out and volunteer themselves for donating their eyes, to make this world a 'blind-free' world!!
- There are 12 million+ blind people in India, out of which about 4 million+ are corneally blind. There is a huge backlog of the number of corneal blind people waiting to get their sight.
- As of today, Eye collection figures stand at around 20000+ eyes per year, from around 200+ eye banks across India. This number itself is not sufficient for the freshly added corneal blind.
- One startling fact of this is we still import eyes from Sri Lanka, which is 1/4th or even less size than India. Sri Lanka, besides catering to its own requirement, sends the eyeballs to several other countries. Over the last quarter of the century, it has flown over 20000+ eyeballs to 135 centres in the various countries of the world.
Looking at the above facts, dont you think that we should make a difference? If yes, please go and pledge yourself for eye donation or if their is a death in your family / friends circle, motivate the people to donate the eyes of the deceased so that a blind person can see this world thru the donated eyes!
A well worked stategy to increase Eye Donation awareness called HCRP
Hospital Corneal Retrieval Program (HCRP) is a proactive program initiated in some hospitals across the country. In this programme, a specially trained social worker, called Eye Donation Counselor (EDC) [or Grief Counselor] is positioned at a hospital round the clock at the ICUs, Trauma units, Nephrology centers and so on, to build up rapport with the attendants, staffs and doctors. When the death occurs, after the bereaved family has reconciled itself to the tragic reality, the EDC makes a sensitive request for the donation of the eyes. It has been found out by the EBAI (Eye Bank Association of India) that the success rate is good and has been effective.
(Any Myths associated with Eye donation that is preventing people from donating?...Find it out in my next write-up)
- S/He can walk in to a nearest Eye Bank and PLEDGE their eyes for donation. For this, a pledge form needs to be filled, signed by a witness (can be your relative/friend) and given back to the eye bank. In the time of that person’s death, his/her relative/friend, who was a witness for the pledge form or any other family member/friend who had the knowledge that the person who passed away intended to donate the eyes, should call the nearest eye bank. One important aspect to be noted here that it is not sufficient if a person pledges for donating his/her eyes after the death. His/her relatives and friends should be well informed and be well aware to call the nearest eye bank, for donating the eyes after their death.
- After death, a relative or a friend of the deceased person can inform the eye bank and tell them that they wish to donate the eyes of their bereaved folk.
- Call the nearest eye bank within SIX HOURS of the death of the person.
- Switch off fans & keep AC on, if you have one.
- Close the eye lids gently and keep a moist cloth over eyes.
- Raise head with a pillow.
Points worth to be noted
- Persons of any Age/Sex can donate their eyes
- Persons who have undergone surgery for Cataract, Glaucoma or using Spectacles can also pledge and donate their eyes.
- Eyes should be donated preferably within SIX hours after the death.
- Nobody is charged for making eye donation. The only cost to encounter is one local telephone call.
- Face will NOT get disfigured after eye donation. As per the new procedures, only Cornea portion is removed and hence face disfigurement does not happen.
- Immediate family members or relatives can donate the eyes of the deceased even if the deceased had not pledged for eye donation during his/her life time.
- Eyes can be donated to any eye bank in India but preferably to the nearest eye bank to avoid delays.
- TWO Corneally blind persons can get sight due to a single person's eye donation.
(In the next write-up, i will talk on the Facts and Myths of Eye donation, particularly in our country, India)
- Chemical burns
- Congenital disorders
- Post operative complications or infections.