Corneal visual impairment encompasses a wide variety of infectious and inflammatory eye diseases that cause scarring of the cornea, the clear membrane that covers the outside of the eye. Significant scarring ultimately leads to functional vision loss.
The 4th cause of blindness globally (5.1%), corneal blindness is one of the major causes of visual deficiency after cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Trachoma is responsible for nearly 4.9 million blind, mainly as a result of corneal scarring and vascularization. Ocular trauma and corneal ulcerations are significant causes of corneal blindness. They are often underreported but they are estimated at 1.5 to 2.0 million new cases of unilateral blindness every year. Among the causes of childhood blindness (approximately 1.5 million cases in the world and 5 million children with visual impairment) appear xerophthalmia (350,000 cases per year), newborn conjunctivitis, and rarer ocular infections like herpes and keratoconjunctivitis.
Even though the control of onchocerciasis and leprosy are public health success stories, these diseases are still significant causes of blindness, affecting approximately 250,000 individuals each. Traditional eye medicines have also been implicated as a major risk factor in the current epidemic of corneal ulceration in developing countries.
Corneal visual impairment encompasses a wide variety of infectious and inflammatory eye diseases that cause corneal scarring, which ultimately leads to functional vision loss.
Public health prevention programmes are the most cost-effective means of decreasing the global burden of corneal blindness Indeed, the only currently available curative treatment is the surgery, by a graft of cornea i.e. corneal transplantation. But the access to this surgery is very difficult, even in the developed countries, for lack of donors.
PROCESS OF EYE DONATION
Pledge your eyes through the online form, awareness events or during a visit to the NGO office.
It is important for you to communicate this decision to your family members, so they can perform the next step on your behalf.
Call Deesha 24x7 helpline number
989-9898-667 after unfortunate death your family member.
While you are waiting for Deesha on-road team to reach you, turn off all the fans (ceiling or table) inside the room where the body is. If available, turn on the Air conditioning for that room.
Keep the body elevated by placing pillows or towels under the head.
Place wet cotton balls on the eye socket of the body to keep the area moist.
Wait for the Deesha team to arrive for tissue retrieval.