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
- Member in Eye Bank Association of India (EBAI)
- Registered under Human Organ Trasplantation Act (HOTA),1994
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