As a part of the 31st National Eye Donation Fortnight, being celebrated from 25th August to 8th September every year, a felicitation function was successfully organized today by Department of Ophthalmology (Eye) in Dumra Auditorium to facilitate the family members of those who have donated their eyes. During the function, families of those who have donated their eyes were given certificates by the beneficiaries of corneal transplant.
According to Secretary of DMCH Managing Society-Sh Prem Kumar Gupta, DMCH in its mission to make Punjab the first corneal blindness og free state, corneal transplants for bilateral corneal blind patients who are poor are being done for free at DMCH. Department of Ophthalmology has access to state of art equipment in providing best quality services to patients visiting DMCH. It is one of the very few keratoplasty centres in entire country providing advanced services like anteriors as well as posterior lamellar keratoplasty, keratoprosthesis and stem cell transplant.Also present on the occasion were Principal Dr Sandeep Puri, Dean Academics Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina and Medical Supdt. Dr Sandeep Sharma.
Dr GS Bajwa (Professor & Head of Ophthalmology), said amongst all organ transplants, corneal transplant is the most successful. Creating the awareness of eye donation to the large number of people may fulfill the critical needs of people who have corneal blindness
The celebration of this fortnightly eye donation campaign include spreading significant message to the people for being the special part of eye donation or eye pledging for giving normal life to the common public. 200 members of DMCH family have pledged to donate their eyes after death., says Dr Sahil Goel (Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology).
According to recently published survey, the number of corneal blind is estimated to at a staggering 11 lakh individuals. Rate of Cornea donation, for the past many years, have been around 60 thousand individuals per year. With approximately 40-50% people ready to donate their eyes, it needs to take care that 25 thousand more patients should to this pool every year.
The majority of blind people are young (due to injuries, infections, deficiency of Vitamin ‘A’, malnutrition, congenital or other factors) and their eye sight can be restored through corneal transplantation only. So it has become very necessary to educate the people of the society including both young and old to finish the gap between demand and supply of the cornea.