In the year 2002 Drushti Daan was brought into existence in Bhubaneswar with the help, dedication and untiring efforts of a few well meaning individuals having a desire to meaningfully contribute to the corneal blind in the State of Orissa, India .
Before Drushti Daan came into existence there was no Eye Bank, not even a Cornea Collection Centre, at Bhubaneswar .
Relentless planning and groundwork along with the guidance and advice of few doctors and eminent people, brought drushtidaan it’s registration as a Society under the Registration of Societies Act XXII of 1860 on the 6th March 2002. In the month of April it became an Institutional Life Member of the Eye Bank Association of India.
Drushti Daan was formed to Promote Eye Donation and to Combat Corneal Blindness, in Orissa by establishing an Eye Banking System having a 2-tier structure encompassing a Nodal Eye Bank and Cornea Collection Centres to ensure adequate collection, evaluation & preservation and distribution of quality Corneal tissues for transplant to the needy free of cost.
Zeal, dedication, a high level of professional management, continuous and sustained effort to conduct awareness programmes and promote eye donation, is what drushti daan is all about.
Dr.K.C.PadhiM.S. Ophtalmology – President
Shanti RathSocial Worker – Vice President
Mrs.Nalini SharmaSocial Worker – Secretary
Mr.Som NarulaBhubaneswar - Memeber
Rupesh DoshiSocial Worker – Vice President
Renu NarulaSocial Worker – Member
S.SudharanjanSociual Worker - VP
Dr.J KishorM.D. Medicine – Vice President
Bharati GirdharSocial Worker – Member
Very fondly and in all humility we acknowledge the help rendered by friends in one of the most difficult project we embarked on five years back. This steep up-climb was possible only with the teamwork of these friends. We are obligated to these well meaning persons who are sensitive to the cause of eye banking.
Today, we pride ourselves on Drushti daan making a mark for itself in the eye-banking scenario of Orissa.
We are thankful to Dr Sidhanta Kar, Director of Kar Clinic and Hospitals whose ready willingness gave birth to drushtidaan eye bank at Kar Clinic in Bhubaneswar. We worked here for five years.
We are grateful to Dr. S.T. Muralidhar who was the Hony. Medical Director, during this period. He gave his whole hearted support and services to drushtidaan.
L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar executed an MOU with drushti daan on 3rd April 07. This enabled drushti daan to shift its operations to their premises to function as a community eye bank. Thus opening a new and beautiful chapter for drushti daan. Our gratitude to Dr G. N. Rao, Dr. T. P. Das, Dr. Usha Gopinathan and Dr. Paul Dubord, Founder, Eyesight International, Canada, for their support.
Drushti Daan has been active for past several years in spearheading eye-banking movement in the state of Orissa.
It has been our constant endeavor to further improve our performance both qualitatively and quantitatively and we have been committed to developing a Community Eye Bank in the state of Orissa.
L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar (a pioneer institution prividing Eye care facilities and highly experienced in the practices of eye banking) has provided the infrastructure for drushti daan in their campus. Eyesight International, Canada, has supported drushti daan by providing funds for medical equipments, surgical instruments and other facilities to function as a Community Eye Bank at Bhubaneswar.
Registered as a Society under the Society’s Act XXII of 1860 on 6th March 2002.
Registered and certified by the Health and Family Welfare Department.
Donations are exempted under Section 80G of Income Tax Act of 1961 since 2002-03.
Registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, to receive foreign contributions.
Discuss your intention of eye donation with your family doctors, friends and relatives.
Enrollment is convenient but not compulsory. Instead, your wish to donate your eyes conveyed to your to family members will make them fulfil this after your death.
Contact Drusti Daan for further details.
For Donors Relative
You have the authority and moral responsibility to donate the eyes of the deceased, especially if the donor expressed his desire during his/her lifetime.
What is an eye bank?
An eye bank is a link between the donor and recipients/eye surgeon. It is an organization recognized by the government to collect and distribute human eyes to those who require Cornea transplants.
Who can be an eye donor?
Anyone can be a donor irrespective of the age, sex, blood group, caste, creed or religion.
How can I become a donor?
The most important action you can take to ensure you will be a donor is to tell your family and legal representative. It is helpful if they know how you feel in advance. Keep a donor card with you at all times so it will serve as an indication to your family, your legal representative and hospitals of your intention to be an eye donor.
Do cataracts or the use of spectacles render the Corneas unfit?
No. Both these conditions relate to the lens of the eyes and not the Cornea.
What about Diabetes or hypertension?
Even donors with these conditions can donate their eyes.
Is the whole eye used for transplant?
No. Only the thin transparent layer in front of the iris (black portion) called the Cornea is used for transplant.
Is there any use for the Corneas which are for some reason unfit for transplant?
Corneas that, for the technical reasons, are not used for vision restoring corneal transplant, are invaluable for research.
Does corneal transplant guarantee sight to all blind people?
No.Transplant only helps when the loss of the sight is due to corneal defect.
Does the human body reject the transplant donor’s cornea?
Corneas do not have direct blood supply so the risk of rejection is very low. Rejection, if any occurs, can be suppressed by timely medication.
How will my donation be used ?
After the eyes are removed they will be evaluated, processed, screened and then supplied to the eye surgeon for transplant.
What conditions render cornea unfit for donation?
The cornea of persons suffering from AIDS, tetanus, rabies, hepatitis, septicemia and viral diseases are considered unfit for donation.
How quickly should eyes be removed after death?
The eyes should be removed from the donor and sent to the processing center as soon as possible to avoid deterioration of the cornea. The ideal time frame is 3-4 hours from the ‘time of death to the cornea preservation centre’.
How soon after donation must a cornea be transplanted?
Cornea transplant is usually performed within 4 days after donation.
Does eye donation disfigure the donor’s face?
No. The removal of eyes does not produce disfigurement nor does it interfere with the customary funeral arrangements.
Is it necessary to transport the donor to the hospital after death for the donation?
No. Eye bank/ Cornea Collection Centre has personnel who come to the donor’s home to remove the eyes. The procedure takes about 20-30 minutes.
Are there religious conflicts to eye donation?
No. Donation is a gift of sight to others. As such, eye donations are consistent with the beliefs and attitudes of major religions.
Will the relatives get to know the recipient of the eyes?
No. The identity of both the recipient and the donor is kept a secret.
501 Kharvela Nagar, Bhubaneswar # 1, Odisha, India.
133 Forest Park, Bhubaneswar # 6, Odisha, India.
LVPEI Eye Institute Bhubaneswar # 24, Odisha, India.