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Year : 1988  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 188


Nabha-147201, India

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Ranjit Singh Dhaliwal
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Dhaliwal RS. Letter. Indian J Ophthalmol 1988;36:188

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Dear Editor.

This is with reference to your editorial on `Eye Donation and Eye Banking' in Vol. 35, No.4, July­August, 1987.

Corneal Blindness is a gigantic problem in India. And, it would remain so, until and unless Eye Donation becomes a movement, a way of life for the multitudes of millions of our people.

Standing between corneal blindness and eye donation­are lack of education and knowledge, and religious beliefs.

As we go about educating people regarding Eye Donation, they are bound to come up with questions, some of which may be embrassing to the Ophthalmic fraternity. One such question is - having used the donor corneal disc what do we do with the rest of the donor eyeball?

Having used the donor cornea for Keratoplasty, the rest of the eyeball (donor eye minus corneal disc) should he incinerated with honour and thankfulness. It must not be thrown away into the dustbin. Sadly, this is the practice at all the centres where keratoplasty is performed, and which I have had the chance of visiting. Even the Ophthalmic literature is silent about this part of the surgery.

I hope this communication would go a long way in the proper dusposal of that part of the donor eye which is not required. This single act, along with a word of prayer and gratefulness on our lips, would excite more and more people to come forward to donate their eyes.


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