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For our eyes



Finding eye donors is becoming difficult as the death of potential donors is not reported on time to the eye banks, creating problems for the eye donation program. The cornea has to be transplanted within six hours after a donor's death, but most of the time, family members are too grief-stricken to report the demise on time. "One person can open up a new world for two blind people," says Bhola Prasad KC, committee member of the eye donation program. He encouraged the families of potential donors to inform the eye bank and hospital sooner so that the donor's wishes would not go to waste. He also added that the families should be aware of caring for the dead person's eyes by covering it so that dust and other waste materials does not contaminate it.

At present, there are 27,470 persons willing to donate their eyes after death. Till date, only about 2,348 blind people were lucky to have their vision back. The largest cause of blindness in Nepal is due to cataracts.


LATEST ISSUE
638
(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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