Monday, December 19, 2005

Background of Eye Donation

Let me give you some background of eye donation. What it solves and Why is this required?
The case of Corneal Blindness.
The cornea is the clear tissue covering the front of the eye. It is a thick transparent layer on the eyeball and is a focusing element of the eye. Vision will be reduced / even lost if the cornea becomes cloudy from either a disease or injury or infection. This loss of vision or causing blindness by the cornea is termed as Corneal Blindness.
Some important and noteworthy causes are:
  • Injuries
  • Malnutrition
  • Infections
  • Chemical burns
  • Congenital disorders
  • Post operative complications or infections.
Lost sight can be restored through the medical procedure called Corneal Transplantation (or sometimes called Corneal Grafting)., where the damaged Cornea is replaced by the good one obtained through donation and this is where the Eye donation concept comes into picture.
(The next write-up will be giving you a brief overview of Cornea, Corneal Transplantation and related readings)

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