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Donated eyes cannot fulfil demand: Jaipur doctors

Thursday, 26 December 2013 - 2:02pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
Experts say there is huge gap between demand and supply for donated eyes though SMS has advanced tech.

The eye bank in SMS Hospital in Jaipur alone gets 30-40 eyes donated every month and as per the doctors, there is always a huge gap between the demand and the supply for eyes which are donated.

Giving the information, professor in eye department of SMS Hospital Dr Kamlesh Khilnani informed that there is always a demand for eyes and in spite of having an advanced technology to preserve such donated eyes for seven days the eyes are usually operated upon the person.

Till a few years ago, such preserving techniques were not available and eyes could be stored in eye banks for just about three days but now with advanced storage media which is available in Jaipur, it’s possible to keep the eyes for seven days.

“We have techniques to preserve the donated eyes in the storage media and this is enough for seven days but there are usually a large number of recipients,” said Khinlani, while speaking to dna that advanced techniques are being used to preserve donated eyes.

Doctors inform that the process starts with conducting a viability test of eyes which have been donated for all defects in them and if they are found viable to be used than they are immediately preserved in the storage media. In many cases, the donated eyes which are not found fit to be given to a recipient are used for research works.

Utmost care has to be, however, taken during the transportation when there may be chances of rupture of tissue, informed the doctors.

“The only care has to be taken during the transportation,” added Khilnani. Meanwhile speaking on this issue to dna, medical superintendent of SMS Hospital Dr Virendra Singh said that the eye bank was functioning with the association of SMS Hospital in Jaipur and all care and precautions were being taken to ensure their safety.

Notably in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer, Pali and Bhilwara, eye bank is functioning in the state and if any patient dies or there has been a death in accidents then their cornea after due procedure is taken for the ones who need transplant.

Procedure for donation
Anyone from the age of one can donate their eyes.

Eyes need to be removed within six hours after the person’s death and so it is important to get in touch with your nearest eye bank at earliest.

Keep the deceased’s eyes closed and covered with moist cotton.

Switch off the ceiling fan, if any, directly over the deceased person.

If possible, apply antibiotic eye drops periodically to deceased’s eyes to reduce chance of any infection.

If possible, keep head of the deceased raised by about six inches to reduce chances of bleeding at time of removal of eyes.

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