Pledging of eyes by the prospective donor or consent of the family members after death of their loved one knowing the wishes of the family member triggers the eye donation process.
Call the nearest eye bank or call national organ donation toll free number 1800 103 7100 and follow the instructions given by the tele-counsellor or eye bank personnel to keep the corneas in a good condition till the retrieval team arrives. Provide correct address and landmarks to ensure that the eye bank team reaches on time.
It will take 20-30 minutes approximately to harvest the corneas and they are stored in preservative media and are transported to the eye bank. At the eye bank, the corneas are tested, evaluated and distributed to the needy as per guidelines of Eye Bank Association of India.
Most important action that one should do is to tell your family members about your wish to donate organs and tissues. Keep the donor card with you at all times so that it will serve as
an indication to your family members or hospitals of your wish to be an eye donor.
The relatives of the donor have the authority and moral responsibility to donate the eyes of their loved one, especially if the donor expressed his desire during his/her lifetime by taking a donor card. This donor card will help in remembering the donor’s wish and will make it easy for the counsellors in getting the consent for eye donation from the family.