Eye awareness camp at Rayat Bahra Dental College

September 19, 2017 03:14 PM

Punjab News Express
MOHALI: Eye donation awareness camp was organised in Rayat Bahra Dental College by staff of the Civil Surgeon of Mohali.
College Director Paramjeet Singh speaking on the occasion underlined the importance of eye donation and said according to reports one of the five blind people of the world is from India meaning that at least 46 lakh of Indians are suffering from the corneal blindness whereas the rate of eye donation is only 35,000 eyes which cannot fulfill the need of healthy eyes to the common people. There is a large gap between the demand and supply of eyes. To meet this gap it was important to motivate people to pledge to donate eyes, he added.
Dr Tarun Kalra, Principal of the Rayat Bahra Dental College, said that about 20,000 new cases of eye blindness are added every year. The majority of blind people are young (due to injuries, infections, deficiency of Vitamin ‘A’, malnutrition, congenital or other factors) and their eye sight can be restored through corneal transplantation only. So it has become very necessary to educate the people of the society including both young and old to finish the gap between demand and supply of the cornea.
The government has launched many eye donation campaigns to popularise eye donation and to give every citizen the knowledge and information about prevention of eye diseases and their cure. It is also important to publicise eye donation camps, Dr Kalra added.

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