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Facts & Myths About Donating Eyes

Myth- Eyes can be removed out of living human beings.
Fact- Eyes are removed only after death.

Myth- Eyes can be donated even by a live person.
Fact- Eyes can only be pledged by a live person. Eyes can be donated only after death.

Myth- Removal of eyes causes disfigurement of the face.
Fact- Removal of eyes does not produce any disfigurement of the face.

Myth- Eye donation interferes with, or delays customary final rites.
Fact- Eye donation does not interfere with or delay final rites, as the corneal excision procedure takes less than 30 minutes.

Myth- Eyes of aged donors are not acceptable.
Fact- All donors’ eyes are acceptable irrespective of the donor’s age, including eyes of premature/still-born babies.

Myth- Indian eyes are not good to be used for corneal transplantation.
Fact- Eyes of any deceased person anywhere in the world can be used for corneal transplantation following evaluation.

Myth- An entire eye can be transplanted.
Fact- Only the cornea is used for transplantation.

Myth- Corneal transplantation is an experimental procedure.
Fact- Corneal transplantation is a proven, routinely performed surgery and is a successful procedure.

Myth- Corneal transplantation is not effective and successful in Indian eyes.
Fact- Corneal transplantation is effective in all eyes, if performed under optimal conditions.

Myth- Human eyes can be bought or sold.
Fact- Selling or buying of human eyes is illegal.

Myth- Only those who have pledged their eyes can donate them after death.
Fact- Pledging of eyes is not important, because even in the case of a pledge, the consent of the family member is essential, without which an eye cannot be removed.