October ushers in the World Sight Day on October 12 every year. With nearly 4.6 million people affected by corneal blindness in India, it is time for us to transform World Sight Day into Eye Donation day. Yes, the need of the hour is to spread awareness about eye donation and make people aware that corneal blindness can be eradicated only with eye donation.
Nearly one lakh corneal transplantations operations need to be conducted in India every year but the actual number of operations performed is only 25-30,000. This is due to the lack of awareness among the public about eye donation.
Let us learn some facts about corneal blindness and aid the cause of World Sight Day by spreading awareness on eye donation.
Common eye problems leading to corneal blindness
Corneal blindness is the only form of blindness that can be cured by eye transplant. It is the major cause of blindness in the world followed by cataract and glaucoma. Corneal blindness may occur due to injury, industrial accidents, infections or mishaps. It can be cured by transplanting a healthy cornea through eye donation.
Here are some of the eye health issues that lead to corneal blindness.
Medical tourism for Eye transplant in India
Experienced ophthalmologists, eye- surgeons, eye hospitals and vision centres are plenty to perform eye transplants in India. India's eye care professionals are so skilful in performing eye surgery with minimum invasion. This is why medical tourism is popular in India for eye transplantation and surgery.
Corneal transplant surgery is also called corneal grafting and it involves replacing the diseased cornea with a donated corneal tissue. It is of 2 types
Corneal transplant only costs $2000 in India and requires only a day's stay in the hospital for surgery and observation. This is only a fraction of the cost which is $13,000 -$28,000 in the U.S. This is why there is a high demand for medical tourism to India for undergoing these ophthalmic procedures.
Facts you need to know about eye donation
Spread the light of vision by advocating eye donation and pledging your eyes.