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Human chain formed to promote awareness on eye donation held in Coimbatore

Human chain formed to promote awareness on eye donation held in Coimbatore

Visual impairments have physical, emotional, social, and economical consequences and are a crucial element influencing one’s quality of life. A total of 1.285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide of which 39 million are categorised as blind. These figures are startling, given that 80 percent of known vision impairments are either treatable or preventable. Corneal transplants appear to be our best hope for resolving this problem; however, a global shortage of available donors continues to dampen efforts addressing this issue.

A human chain was formed on Mettupalayam Road in Coimbatore on Friday by the employees of Agarwal Eye Hospital and PPG Institute of Optometry, to create awareness on eye donation. The human chain was flagged off Deputy Commissioner of Police G. Chandeesh.

Medical Director of Dr.Agarwal Eye Hospital Jayashree said that some people believe that if a person dies and his eyes are donated, he would not reach heaven. Such superstitions must be eradicated. If the eyes are harvested within six hours of death it will be of use to others. One dead person’s eyes can give vision to four persons, she said.

Eye donation can give someone a new chance at life, allowing them to see the beauty of the world. It is a selfless act that can bring light into someone’s darkness. Let us all consider becoming eye donors and give the precious gift of vision to those in need.

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