Myths about Eye Donation

  • Face Disfigurement: Most people do not donate eyes due to religious reasons. It is a myth that those who donate eyes will suffer disfigurement by having holes in their eye sockets. In the process of eye donation, only the cornea is removed, not the entire eye.
  • Blindness in Next Birth: Another religious misconception is that eye donation in this birth leads to blindness in the next, which is not correct.
  • Ineligibility Due to the Previous History of Eye Diseases: If someone has a previous history of eye diseases like glaucoma or cataracts but has been treated or operated on, they can pledge and donate their eyes
  • Aged People Ineligible for Eye Donation: The lower age limit to donate eyes is one year. Over and above that, anyone can donate eyes. Age or mental condition is not a criterion for eye donation.
  • Consent From Relatives: Even if you have pledged your eyes after your death, your family members will be asked for their permission to conduct the procedure.
  • Length of the Procedure: It is a perpetuated myth that eye donation is a tedious process. In reality, the entire operation takes just 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Eyes Are Expensive: It is a misconception that eyes can be bought or sold. It is a total act of charity, without money being involved at any step.
  • Pledging Eyes Before Death: If someone hasn’t pledged their eyes before their death, it doesn’t mean that their eyes cannot be donated. The family members can volunteer for the eyes of the deceased to be donated.