The First Eye Hospital In KARNATAKA To Get ISO 9001:2008 Certification By BUREAU OF INDIAN STANDARDS (B.I.S)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an eye bank? 
  2. Who can be an eye donor?
  3. Do religious authorities approve of donating one’s eyes?
  4. Is the whole eye used for transplant?
  5. What is cornea?
  6. What is meant by corneal transplantation?
  7. How quickly should the corneas /eyes be removed after death?
  8. Is it necessary to transport the donor to the hospital after death for donating eyes?
  9. Do cataracts or the use of spectacles render the corneas unfit?
  10. Does eye donation disfigure the donor’s face?
  11. Is there any delay in funeral arrangements?
  12. What conditions render corneas unfit for donations?
  13. What about diabetes or hypertension?
  14. Does the human body reject the transplanted donor cornea?
  15. How will the donated eyes be used?
  16. Is there any use of corneas that are for some reason not utilized for surgery?
  17. Will the donor or recipient family be told who donated or received the cornea?
  18. Will the donor family be given fees?

Q. What is an eye bank? 
A. It is the link between donor and recipient/eye surgeon. It is an organization recognized by the government to collect and distribute human eyes to those requiring corneal transplantation.


Q. Who can be an eye donor?
A. Anyone can be a donor irrespective of age, sex or blood group.


Q. Do religious authorities approve of donating one’s eyes?
A. Yes, all religious faiths support this vital sight restoration program. 


Q. Is the whole eye used for transplant?
A. No, only the thin transparent layer in front of the iris called the cornes is used for transplant.


Q. What is cornea?
A. Cornea is a transparent tissue without any blood vessels. A clear cornea enables one to have a good vision.


Q. What is meant by corneal transplantation?
A. It is a surgical procedure whereby an impaired cornea of the patient is replaced by a healthy cornea from a donor for gaining the lost vision.


Q. How quickly should the corneas /eyes be removed after death?
A. Corneas/eyes should be removed within 6 hours of demise.


Q. Is it necessary to transport the donor to the hospital after death for donating eyes?
A. No, the eye bank personnel will go to the donor’s residence and remove the eyes. The procedure takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes.


Q. Do cataracts or the use of spectacles render the corneas unfit?
A. No, both these conditions relate to the lens of the eye and not the cornea.


Q. Does eye donation disfigure the donor’s face?
A. No, the removal of corneas/eyes does not cause disfigurement.


Q. Is there any delay in funeral arrangements?
A. No, tissue procurement is performed within 20 to 30 minutes. Therefore family members of the deceased may proceed as planned with funeral arrangements.


Q. What conditions render corneas unfit for donations?
A. Corneas of persons suffering from AIDS, jaundice, rabies, syphilis, tetanus, septicemia and viral diseases are considered unfit for donation.


Q. What about diabetes or hypertension?
A. A cornea does not have direct blood supply. Therefore the risk of rejection is very low. If rejection occurs, it can be suppressed by timely medication.


Q. Does the human body reject the transplanted donor cornea?
A. It’s not required, but some patients do request medication to help them relax. If you do elect to take medication for your nerves, have someone accompany you if possible.


Q. How will the donated eyes be used?
A. After the cornea is removed from the whole eye, it is evaluated and then supplied to the eye surgeon for use in a patient.


Q. Is there any use of corneas that are for some reason not utilized for surgery?
A. Corneas that are rejected for technical reasons are used for research.


Q. Will the donor or recipient family be told who donated or received the cornea?
A. No, the donor-recipient information is maintained confidential.


Q. Will the donor family be given fees?
A. No, it is illegal to buy or sell human eyes, organs or tissues. Any cost involved with cornea retrieval is borne by the eye bank.