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"Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. It fills the mind with the largest variety of ideas, converses with its objects at the greatest distance, and continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated"
Joseph Addison
"The eye is the window of the world;
at the same time,
it is the window of the soul."
William Shakespeare

There are about 40 million blind people in the world.  Out of this, an estimated 15 million are in India, almost a one-third of the world’s blind population.  About 1.1 million people suffer from bilateral cornea blindness, i.e. an opaque cornea.  The eyesight of such people can be restored by corneal grafting surgery, i.e. replacing the opaque cornea with a clear cornea.

We also need about 20,000 eye balls per year for the people whose corneas are damaged with eye infections, occupational hazards such as continuous heavy electric work, accidents, as well as deficiencies of vitamin A.  Thus, the requirement of eyeballs is very substantial, but the actual collection is very poor.

Every year about 10 million people die in India, but eyeballs are collected only from 15,000 dead bodies only.  Rest of the eyeballs are either cremated or buried with the deceased persons.  With the object of collecting and making available maximum number of eyeballs for the cornea grafting surgery, an eye bank, a nonprofit organization, called ARPAN EYE BANK was founded in 1987 in Ghatkopar (East), a suburb of Mumbai.

The Arpan Eye Bank is committed towards increasing the eye donation and trying to bridge the gap between availability and requirement.

We appeal and request all doctors, medical consultants, hospitals, as well as nursing homes, in Ghatkopar to motivate the patients and their relatives to donate eyes after death.  Before issuing the death certificate, doctors are requested to remind and request relatives of the deceased person to donate eyes.  That would be the last, but the most invaluable donation and the noblest act of the person before he/she rests in peace forever.