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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 14, Issue 3, April 2015 pp 493-496

Research Article

Awareness about eye donation among participants attending eye donation CME program

Harshila Jain1, Biswajit Paul2, Maushmi Paul3

1Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Sri Venkateswara Medical College and Research Centre, Ariyur, Pondicherry, INDIA.

{2Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine} {3Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine} CMC Vellore, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

Background: Corneal diseases are the significant causes for visual impairment and blindness worldwide especially in developing countries like India. This can be treated by corneal transplantation for which eye donation is essential. The number of corneal transplants done is very less than actual requirement largely due to inadequate number of corneas collected. Medical students of second and third years can influence and motivate people for eye donation. Objective: To assess the awareness and perception about eye donation among participants before conducting an eye donation CME (continued medical education) program. Settings and design: Cross sectional study. Material and methods: Semi structured questionnaire Results: Out of 211 participants who have participated in study, 99% were aware of about eye donation after death but only 38% knew that the ideal time of eye donation is less than 6 hours of death. Knowledge of the fact that cornea can be removed and grafted was found in 47% of them. Most of the respondents (85%) were willing to donate their eyes. Conclusion: The study revealed that majority of respondents were aware of eye donation but there is a lack of knowledge and motivation related to eye donation. The perceived reason for not donating eyes is to be considered while creating awareness.