Youth Of India Today Should Take Up Voluntary Eye Donation As Mission With Passion

Top Quote It is high time that eye donation on death becomes a family tradition rather than wait for government to make organ donation law. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 10, 2012 - Addressing various faculty and students of Sangam University - ITM Bhilwara, Prof BR Natarajan President - Vice Chancellor shared the following on the eve of Voluntary Eye Donation Day scheduled on 8 September 2012.

    According to World Health Organization - WHO, 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide out of which 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision and that 80% of all visual impairment can be avoided or cured.

    It is estimated that 12 million of India's 1.12 billion people are blind and an additional 456 million require vision correction. However, 4.6 million Indians with corneal blindness are curable through corneal transplantation which is made possible by eye donation.

    The cornea is the clear, transparent layer in front of the "black portion" of the eye. It is also the main focusing surface, which converges light rays as they enter the eye to focus on the retina. It is thus the most important part of the optical apparatus of the Eye. Loss of transparency directly results in loss of vision

    Starting from age one, there is no age-limit for donating the eye. All one needs to do is to take a simple pledge to donate the eyes after death. While taking a pledge during ones lifetime itself is a noble deed, it requires the support of the relatives or friends to carry out the wishes of eye donation of the deceased. People using spectacles and those diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension can donate their eyes. Even a person who is blind due to retinal or optic nerve disease can donate his eyes provided the cornea of such donor is clear.

    According to the National Programme for Control of Blindness - NPCB, India had a target of 60,000 corneal donations for 2011-12 against the achievement of 48,014. For the same year, while Rajasthan had a target of 2100 and achieved 1201, Madhya Pradesh (M.P.) with a target of 3100 had achieved 6914. No wonder Neemuch town in M.P. is referred as the eye donation capital of India. However, it must be mentioned that for 2009-10, Rajasthan had a target of 1500 and achieved 4503.

    Prof Natarajan urged the students to come forward in a big way to donate eyes and spread the word about voluntary eye donation to make Rajasthan top ranking in eye donation.

    About Sangam University: Taking roots from ITM, Sangam University Bhilwara supported by Sangam Group of Industries with business interests spanning textiles, steel, infrastructure, power and energy has been established by Govt. of Rajasthan Act No. 14 of 2012 incorporated u/s 2(f) of UGC Act 1956.

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