About Eye Donation  

Facts about eye donation

  • Eyes can be donated only after death
  • Eyes must be removed within 4 - 6 hours after death
  • Only a Registered Medical Practitioner can remove eyes from a deceased.
  • The eye bank team will remove the eyes from the home of the deceased or from a hospital
  • Eye removal does not delay the funeral since the entire procedure takes 20-30 minutes only
  • A small quantity of blood will be drawn to rule out communicable diseases
  • Eye retrieval does not cause disfigurement
  • Religions are for eye donation
  • The identities of both the donor and the recipient are kept confidential
Important Points

To donate eyes, the relatives of the deceased should do the following procedures
  • Close the eyelids of the deceased
  • Switch off the fan
  • Raise the head of the deceased slightly by placing a pillow underneath
  • Contact the nearest eye bank as quickly as possible.
  • Give the correct address with specific landmarks and telephone number to enable the eye bank team locate the place easily
  • If the death certificate from the physician is available, keep it ready
  • Eye donation can be done only with the written consent of the next of kin in the presence of two witnesses
What else can you do for the blind?

There are many other ways in which you can make a contribution to the cause of the visually impaired. Be it, assisting them in a variety of tasks aimed at educating the blind, rehabilitation, helping execute programs, improving employment opportunities or by just providing counseling. Actually many times, it merely requires only your presence. The National Association For the Blind has many such programs through which you can make your contribution. Here are some ways in which you can help. For more information please visit www.nabindia.org

Educating the blind
  1. Transcription of books on the computer in word
  2. Assisting in proof reading of Braille Text
  3. Public evaluation of the services offered by the Braille press
  4. Reading academic books or interested articles, leisure books and journals to the blind students and adults
  5. Transcription of books in Braille from Indian languages as well as from English
  6. Assisting blind students to write their exams
  7. Assisting in scanning and editing of Braille material
  8. Help in reading and writing drafts, letters, speeches etc for government officers.
Rehabilitation of the blind
  1. Volunteer to accompany the blind for picnics or in other simple joys of life
  2. Helping volunteers in managing the recreation programs that are conducted for the blind trainees
Improving opportunities for women
  1. Help co-ordinate programs organized for the blind women by various organization
  2. Data collection of projects
  3. Counseling services for blind women
  4. Aid in securing jobs from the corporate sector
  5. Spread awareness through word of mouth and other methods among the young and elderly public
  6. Offer expertise in the training areas of catering, handicrafts and other related fields
  7. Assist blind girls/women in shopping, color selection and other mundane yet essential tasks
Employment Opportunities
  1. Inspection of existing Telephone Booth
  2. Assisting in securing Employment for the Blind
  1. Counseling the blind etc.

For more information visit www.ebai.org or any of the other eye banks. You could also call 1919 toll free across the country to get information.