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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science And Technology, E-ISSN: 2249-8109 

Volume 1, Issue 1, 2011 pp 06-08

Date of Publish: 30 Aug 2011

Review Article 

Awareness Regarding Eye Donation in Students of Government polytechnic college, Nanded. 

Kishore Surwase 

Resident, Department of Community Medicine, MIMSR Medical College, Latur (MS) INDIA.

Received 21 August 2011; Revised 24 August 2011; Accepted 30 August 2011

Academic Editor: Dr. Jadhav V A


Corneal diseases constitute a significant cause of visual impairment and blindness in the developing world. The number of corneal transplants done is far less than the actual requirement in India. This is largely due to the inadequate number of corneas collected. Young polytechnic students could be expected to influence eye donation rates in community. Aims: To assess the awareness of 400 polytechnic students towards eye donation.. Settings and Design: Cross-sectional study design. Materials and Methods: A pretested, semi-structured questionnaire. Statistical Analysis Used: Data were analyzed using the Epi-Info software package, Version 6.04. Results: The majority (89.7%) of students knew that eyes can be donated after death but only 7.7% knew that the ideal time of donation was within 6 hours of death. Most participants (85.1%) were willing to donate their eyes. Nobility in the act of eye donation was the main motivational force for eye donation according to 92.6% of students. Perceived reasons for not pledging eyes by the students were: the unacceptable idea of separating the eyes from the body (60.8%), lack of awareness (49.8%), objection by family members (28.5%), and unsuitability to donate because of health problem (10.7%).Conclusion: This study revealed that polytechnic students were well aware of eye donations and most of them were inclined to sign-up for eye donation. The perceived reasons for not donating eyes need to be considered while creating awareness about eye donation in the community.

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