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

Volume 8, Issue 2, August 2013 pp 128-129

Research Article

Awareness of Eye Donation in an Urban Population in Aurangabad, Maharashtra


Swati Shinde1*, Rajeev Mundada2, V. D. Wangikar3

{1Associate Professor, 2Assistant Professor, 3Director Professor}

Department of Community Ophthalmology, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Regional Center, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.


Purpose:  To assess the awareness of eye donation and willingness to pledge the eyes for donation in urban population in Aurangabad district, Maharashtra. Methods: Study was carried out from January 2013 to July 2013. Total of 2205 subjects ages 15 years and above representative of urban population of Aurangabad were interviewed regarding awareness of eye donation and willingness to pledge eyes for eye donation. Participants were selected by door to door survey and from the patients coming to the hospital. Results: Percentage of awareness of eye donation is more in male i. e. (86.1%) as compared to (72.2%) in female. Significantly less awareness of eye donation was found in illiterate subjects i.e. (28.5%) as compared to (87%) in educated individuals. Subjects between the age groups 15-30 years were found to have most awareness about eye donation (84.1%). Willingness to pledge eyes for eye donation was found more in educated subjects (87.3%). Willingness to pledge eyes for donation was found significantly lower in female i. e. (6.1%) and in males it was (21.3%) Conclusion: The data show that although the awareness of eye donation is high very few of them are willing to pledge eyes for donation. The result of the study indicates that more strategies have to be developed especially to target illiterate individuals.