The National Fortnight on Eye Donation is observed every year, from August 25th to September 8th,under the National Program for Control of Blindness. As part of the Eye Donation Fortnight, Narayana Nethralaya and its two eye banks - Dr Rajkumar Eye Bank in Rajajinagar and Dr ShankarAnand Eye Bank in Electronic City - are organising various events to create awareness on the need to donate eyes.
A first ever Multi Discipline Meet to support Eye Donation, Bone Marrow Donation, Organ Donation, Cadaver Donation and Multi Organ Donation, is being organised on the 2nd and 3rd Sep 2017 at Narayana Nethralaya, Rajajinagar. This event is an initiative of the Eye Bank Association of India under the Title & Caption "Dakshina Bharath Nethredhana Sammelana - Laksha Lakshya". Delegates representing several institutions and organizations are expected to attend the event.
Apart from this, Narayana Nethralaya is also organising interesting activities to create awareness in school children about the importance of eye donation on Sunday, 3rd September, 2017, from 3 PM to 6 PM. We are having a drawing competition for Primary school students of Class III-IV on the theme "JOY IN GIVING - Donate Eyes". For Middle school students of Class V - VII, we are having a Clay Modelling Competition on the theme "BRIGHTENING A LIFE - Donate Eyes". A Dance competition on the theme "SHINE WITHIN - Donate eyes" is open for High school students of Class VIII - X. All participants will be blind-folded during the competition.
Blindness creates so many challenges for the visually impaired, which can never be comprehended by a person with normal sight. Blindfolding the participants during the competitions will give them a better understanding of the problems blind people face on a daily basis. The objective of these competitions is to educate our children about the value of eyesight and to help motivate them to pledge to donate their eyes.
Statistics show that there are 15 million blind people in India, out of which 6.8 million are estimated to suffer from corneal blindness due to injuries, infections, congenital defects, deficiency of Vitamin 'A', malnutrition, or other factors. Normal eye sight can be restored in these people through corneal transplantation, which is possible only through eye donations.
There is no substitute for human tissue. It is therefore imperative to educate the general public, both young and old,about the need to donate their eyes after death, so that the gap between demand and supply of corneal tissue can be met.One among every five blind people in the world is from India. With a goal of "Sight for all" in the near future, we need to work together as a nation, towards elimination of avoidable blindness. Donate Eyes, Gift Sight!