COIMBATORE: Religious stigma that eye-less body cannot reach the heaven stands as a barrier to eye donation, said Dr Rajath Kapoor, Ophthalmologist, Sankara Eye Centre at the eye donation awareness programme held at Tamil Nadu Agriculture university (TNAU).
Giving a detailed description of eye bank, removal of eyes and fixing of artificial eyes within six hours demise of a person, he called on young volunteers to break the superstitions and become sight ambassadors to excel in eye donation and also create awareness among the public. Except a few injections conditions, the eyes of all persons from the age of four can be transplanted, he added.
The programme was organised by 250 national service scheme (NSS) volunteers of TNAU and Sankara Eye Centre.
Dr S. Mahimairaja, dean of agriculture department at TNAU, said that Tamil Nadu ranks first in India in eye donation and there is increasing awareness on blood, eye and other organ donations. He called on NSS volunteers to be forerunners in activities.