In India, the need for corneas for sight restoring surgeries is one lakh per year.
According to the Eye Bank Association of India,
the number of eyes collected in 2010 is 41,549.
And more important is the fact that of this total, only a little more than 10,000
meet all the criteria of medical standards as per the requirement for quality
control of eye banks.
Started in 1998 at Madurai with just a collection of 253 eyes, now the eye banks across the Aravind Hospitals procure more than 4000 eyes and perform about 1400 corneal transplants annually. Eye balls which cannot be used for transplants are effectively used for various research and development programmes.
Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank
- Accredited by International Federation for Eye and Tissue Banking(IFETB), Baltimore USA
- Member in Eye Bank Association of India (EBAI)
- Registered under Human Organ Trasplantation Act (HOTA),1994
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