An Introduction to Corneal Donation

Cornea is the anterior most transparent portion of human eyes responsible for most of the dioptric vision. If it gets cloudy, opaque or distorted because of trauma, infection, nutritional deficiencies or hereditary problems, the vision may be grossly damaged leading even to blindness. Once it happens, the only remedy is replacement of this damaged cornea of the patient with healthy donor cornea from another person. This procedure is known as corneal grafting or keratoplasty. Al-basarat eye foundation excel in provision of this kind of surgery. Over the last one-decade we have successfully performed keratoplasty in over 1500 patients with corneal disease. There is no problem of skill or resources, but there is acute shortage of donor corneas. We request you to kindly help us in this regard. Kindly donate your corneas. This amounts to donating sight to others. Cornea is donated only after death of the person who had earlier agreed for such kind of donation. Within three hours of the death, the healthy cornea is removed and transported in special container and solution to Al-basarat eye foundation ,mardan, where patients already registered for corneal grafting are present after being informed by the hospital. A surgeon experienced in corneal surgery performs this operation, which takes up to 45 minutes. The patient usually regains useful vision within few weeks of surgery.