A cornea donor can restore sight to two people.
Cornea donation is necessary for the preservation and restoration of sight. The cornea is the clear dome-like window covering the front of the eye that allows the light to pass through to the retina, and enables us to see.
Everyone is a universal donor for corneal tissue. Blood type does not have to match. Age, eye color and eyesight do not matter. Aside from those suffering from infections or a few highly communicable diseases, most people are suitable cornea donors.
Since 1961, more than 1,500,000 men, women, and children worldwide have had their sight restored through corneal transplantation.
Corneal transplants restore sight to those suffering from vision loss mainly due to corneal blindness commonly caused by:
- Trauma/infection to the cornea
- Keratoconus (cornea becomes cone shaped)
- Fuch’s Dystrophy
- Pseudophakic Bullous Keratopathy
- Corneal degeneration
Other reasons for a corneal transplant may include corneal injuries or infections.
Over half of the people you will see today are registered organ donors – are you?
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95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 56% are registered.
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