Affecting more than 10 million people all over the world, corneal disease is the fourth largest cause of blindness today. Unlike most causes of blindness, however, this disease can be reversed with a corneal transplant that restores the patient's sight. All it requires is an extra pair of corneas given by a donor. Because treatment of corneal disease requires a steady supply of donors, the eye doctors at Seeta Eye Centers wish to inform our patients in Fishkill, Highlands, Poughkeepsie, and the surrounding area that March is National Eye Donor month.
Nobody likes to consider the prospect of their own death, but it's better to be prepared for the future than to have it catch you off guard. By becoming an eye donor, you have an opportunity to restore the gift of sight to someone who is living in darkness. Corneal transplants are used to restore sight to around 50,000 people every year. And if you do decide to donate, your corneas will almost certainly find a person who is able to use them, as there are no "type" restrictions: When it comes to corneas, everyone is a universal donor.
You can take these steps to ensure that your eyes are donated:
- Register as an eye donor with an organization like Donate Life
- Have your donor status printed on your driver's license
- Inform your family, loved ones, and healthcare provider of your wishes
- Draft an advance directive and/or living will that states your intentions to donate
At Seeta Eye Center, we believe in doing as much as possible to help people suffering from debilitating eye diseases, and want to inform as many people as possible about the things they can do to help. And if you have trouble with your eyes, we want to help you. If you live in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Highlands, or anywhere near those towns, and you think you need to see an eye doctor, call us at 845-454-1025 to schedule a consultation today.