The Cornea is the eye’s outermost layer- the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye.

When the cornea becomes cloudy or scarred, light cannot penetrate the eye to reach the light-sensitive retina. Poor vision or blindness may result.

Over 97% of all corneal transplant operations successfully restore the corneal recipient’s vision.

Recovery of the donor eye tissue takes place within hours of death. The preservation medium used in India will keep the cornea cells alive for some days after recovery, but most transplants occur within a week over recovery.

No- only the corneas can be transplanted

There is no substitute for human tissue. The transplantation process depends upon the priceless gift of corneal donation from one human to another. Doated eyes are also needed for research and education.

Injuries to the eye, birth defects, malnutrition, infections, chemical burns, congenital disorders and complications due to eye surgery.

No. Great care is taken to preserve the donor’s appearance. The donor’s body is always treated with respect. Funeral arrangements including a viewing if desired may proceed as scheduled.

No. Eye tissue procurement is performed within hours of death. Families may proceed with funeral arrangements without delay or interruption.

Anyone can. The great thing about corneal tissue is that everyone is a universal donor. Your blood type does not have to match. It does not matter how old you are, what color your eyes are or how good your eyesight is. Aside from those suffering from infections or a few highly communicable diseases such as HIV or hepatitis, most people are suitable donors.

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