Eye donation: a great gesture towards mankind

Your eyes can lighten up someone's dark world even when you are no more in this world

<strong>Dr Rani Pathak Das</strong> - Guest Editor
Dr Rani Pathak Das - Guest Editor
For a person who is not blind, it is really hard to imagine a world immersed in darkness. However, the world has millions of people who are blind, either born blind or due to some disease or accident. But at this age of science, we know that our eyes could be the ray of light for someone else after we are gone. Let's pledge our eyes this fortnight- 25 August to 8 Sept- as the period is observed nationwide as National Eye Donation Fortnight.

The National Eye Donation Fortnight is a campaign which aims to create mass public awareness about the importance of eye donation and to motivate people to pledge their eyes for donation after death.

Eyes are a precious gift to mankind and a wise person utilizes the gift while alive, and after death too. It is useless to the dead but priceless to a blind person. It makes everyone feel proud by the thought itself that one day he or she will become the reason for someone's happiness.

In the developing countries, blindness is one of the major public health problems. The World Health Organization states that corneal diseases are among the major causes of vision loss and blindness after cataract and glaucoma. It states that about 5 per cent of the world's population is blind due to corneal diseases.

According to the National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey 2019, about 68 lakh people in India suffer from corneal blindness in at least one eye. Of these, 10 lakh people are blind in both their eyes. The survey reported that corneal blindness was the leading cause of blindness among patients aged less than 50 years and was the second leading cause of blindness among patients above the age of 50 years.

Loss of eyesight can well be corrected if there is eye donation. People should be made aware that eye transplantation takes place only after the death of the donor. Through corneal transplantation the damaged cornea is replaced by a healthy cornea from the eye donor. Some other facts we need to know about eye donation are: a) only corneal blind people are benefitted from donated eyes, b) anyone can donate their eyes irrespective of age, sex and blood group, c) the cornea should be removed within an hour of death, d) donated eyes are never bought or sold, and e) eye donation is never refused. To become a registered eye donor one should contact the eye bank.

Dear readers, you know that during this current pandemic, many Covid warriors have sacrificed happier times to serve humanity risking their lives to be in the firing line of an invisible virus, many of these corona warriors have also got infected with the contagion while extending their much-needed services. You will get to read articles on such Covid warriors at Fit Northeast in the week ahead.

Besides, this week sees a new opinion poll with the topic "Are we doing enough to provide sufficient education to children with special needs?" You are invited to take part in the opinion poll and put forward your view. Our new debate for September will also be published in the coming week with the topic "Modern Medicine Vs. Ayurvedic Medicine: Superiority Debate is Counterproductive"- which is no doubt a very relevant issue. Moreover the regular news, interviews and features are there at store for the week. Wish you all a very satisfying week!

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