With rise in awareness for organ donations, the number of eye donations has increased but along with that, the number of unused eyes has also risen.
As per All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), in 2013, the eye donations rose to 1,321 from 680 in 2009. However, according to a survey, nearly 60 per cent of the eye donations go to waste in India.
A removed eye should be implanted in the next 24 hours or stored at an eye bank where it could be preserved only for 14 days but many eyes go unused and wasted as they are declared unfit for reuse.
According to Health Ministry, out of 51,354 eyes donated in 2013-14, only 22,384 were used for transplant. It holds for more than 50 per cent of the donated eyes going waste.
Experts also said that though there's no dearth of people willing to donate their eyes in India, more transplants can't be conducted due to a shortage of eye bank technicians and eye donation counselors.