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COMMUNITY EYE CARE
Year : 2003  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 101-104

Awareness of eye donation in an adult population of southern India. A pilot study.


Aravind Eye Care System, and Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Madurai, India

Correspondence Address:
B Priyadarshini
Aravind Eye Care System, and Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Madurai
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 12701874

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Purpose: To determine "awareness of eye donation" and corneal transplantation in an adult population of southern India. Methods: 507 participants chosen by systematic random sampling were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Participants were selected among patients attending two community outreach programmes at different sites, and from patients presenting directly to the hospital. Results: 257 participants (50.69%) were aware of eye donations. The major source of awareness was publicity campaigns (n=105). Only 22 (4.34%) participants were aware that eye donation had to be done within 6 hours of death. Four hundred and three (79.50%) participants were not aware of corneal transplantation. Illiteracy and rural residence were more likely predictors of ignorance. Conclusion: Although multiple strategies are currently followed to increase awareness of eye donations and corneal transplants, more innovative strategies have to be developed, especially to target illiterate and rural populations.


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