HYDERABAD: On Wednesday, the first eye bank in the entire southern area has been inaugurated,at Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital.
The facility was launched by C Laxma Reddy, the state minister for health and family welfare. The facility was developed at a cost of Rs 1 crore and has a fully operational air conditioned post-operative ward and ambulances equipped for transporting cornea.
About 10 percent of blindness can cured by corneal transplant surgery, which costs from Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh and is generally done in private sector hospitals.
This would now be available to poor people free of cost due to the eye bank.
Dr Ravinder Goud, has stated that with the facility in place they could now start taking corneal donations and could transplant it.
He also stated that the required infrastructure and a team of trained senior doctors is already in place.
Corneal donations are a tricky endeavour considering the fact that they have to be transplanted within 24 hours or have to be stored at an eye bank for preservation, which can be done only for 14 days. Due to this reason, only 30-40 percent of the donations are utilized properly.