What is a cornea?

A cornea is the clear, dome - shaped surface found at the front of the eye, which functios like a window, allowing light to pass through the eye.

What is a corneal transplant?

A corneal transplant is a surgical procedure that replaces a diseased or infected cornea with a healthy donated cornea. Corneal transplantation the most frequently performed transplant procedure.


How safe is corneal transplantation?

Over 90% of all corneal transplants performed in the U.S. are successful. Donated corneas are transplanted only after the donor's medical and social history have been obtained. Blood Samples are taken from the donor to test for HIV and Hepatitis., and the tissue itself is evaluted for suitability under special microscopes.


Who can be an eye donor?

Anyone can donate eyes. If the corneal tissue is not transplantable, due to age or medical condition, the donation can, with consent, be considered a gift for research and education.


How does one become an eye donor?

As a prospective donor, you should indicate your intention on a donor card or driver's license and your living will. Above all, discuss your wishes with your family. At the time your death, your next-of-kin must make the final decision regarding donation by signing a donation consent form.

What is the Facts about eye donation ?
  • Almost 40,000 people receive a corneal transplant every year.
  • The youngest person to receive a corneal transplant was 9 days old.
  • The oldest person to receive corneal transplant was 103 years old.
  • corneal transplant has a 90% success rate.
  • The first corneal transplant was performed in 1905.
  • The transplant of a cornea is performed under a microscope with sutures so fine they float in the air.
  • Most major religions support eye, tissue and organ donation as a humanitarian act.
What is an eye bank?

An eye bank obtains, medically evaluates and distributes eyes donated by caring individuals for use in corneal transplantation, research, and education. Eye banks are non-profit organizations.

 

Who can be a donor?

Anyone can. Cataracts, poor eyesight, or age do not prevent you from being a donor. It is important for individuals wanting to be donors to inform family members of their wishes.

 

Why should eyes be donated?

There is no substitute for human tissue. The transplantation process depends upon the priceless gift of corneal donation from one human to the next. Donated human eyes and corneal tissue are used for research, education, and transplantation.

 

Is there a fee charged for this donation?

No. It is illegal to buy or sell human eyes, organs, and tissues. Any costs associated with eye procurement are absorbed by the eye bank placing the tissue