Sri Lanka’s International Eye Bank (Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society) is one of the world’s biggest, human eyes donor, restoring vision to people in as many as 57 countries, including Japan, Thailand, Egypt and China. [Read More].
According to the Manager of the International Eye Bank, there is a huge potential to collect donor eyes in this country, over 10 times what could be used here, owing to a worldwide shortage of donor eyes. The Buddhist supreme concept of “daana“, or almsgiving, was the root of their success. They believe that it is an act of great merit to gift their eyes after death to someone living who would have the gift of sight. Over 870,000 people have signed consent forms asking us to take their eyes after they are dead, he explained.
Those who wish to donate their precious eyes after the death, can register with the Bank by visiting personally to the below address or by sending them a letter requesting for the consent forms.Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society, Wijerama Mawatha,
Colombo 07, Sri Lanka. Tel. +94 11 2698040
A senior consultant of the Bank, explained that corneal graft surgery today involves taking the whole eye ball, not just the cornea, as was done in earlier years. “Even if an eye is not suitable, we take it because it satisfies the families of the donors“, he said. “It is not wasted. It can always be used for research.”
An eye must be removed from the body within 24 hours of death, packed in ice and received at the laboratory within 4 hours. There are three types of preservation fluids that allow a cornea to be preserved for 5, 14, and 21 days, respectively, at a temperature of 4 degrees. The 21-day fluid is the most expensive one, he further explained.