An Introduction to Corneal Donation
Cornea is the anterior most transparent portion of human eyes responsible for most of the dioptric vision. If it gets cloudy, opaque or distorted because of trauma, infection, nutritional deficiencies or hereditary problems, the vision may be grossly damaged leading even to blindness. Once it happens, the only remedy is replacement of this damaged cornea of the patient with healthy donor cornea from another person. This procedure is known as corneal grafting or keratoplasty.
Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospitals excel in provision of this kind of surgery. Over the last one-decade we have successfully performed keratoplasty in over 1500 patients with corneal disease. There is no problem of skill or resources, but there is acute shortage of donor corneas. We request you to kindly help us in this regard. Kindly donate your corneas. This amounts to donating sight to others.
Cornea is donated only after death of the person who had earlier agreed for such kind of donation. Within three hours of the death, the healthy cornea is removed and transported in special container and solution to Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi, where patients already registered for corneal grafting are present after being informed by the hospital. A surgeon experienced in corneal surgery performs this operation, which takes up to 45 minutes. The patient usually regains useful vision within few weeks of surgery.
How can you donate Cornea?
Any person desirous of donating his/her cornea has to submit a ‘ will form ' which contains all necessary information about the person. Donor will be given a card which he/she must carry all the time. The person submitting the will form is also requested to inform his/her relatives about his/her will to donate cornea so that relatives can inform the hospital about the death of such a person and also no objection is raised by the relatives in such a case.
Once the hospital receives the information from the agreed relatives of the dead donor, a medical team is sent to take the cornea with due reverence and care. The donor cornea is then grafted to the waiting blind patient.
One can donate sight and distribute happiness even after one's death!
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