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Here are some of The Eye Bank of British Columbia's most frequently asked questions:
No, only the cornea (the clear, front part of the eye) is used for corneal transplants. The sclera (white part) is sometimes used for procedures such as glaucoma surgery and lid reconstruction. The rest of the eye can be used for research (if allowed from the consent) to aid in future treatment of eye disease.
Yes – no one will know there has been an eye donation unless you tell them. In very few instances there may be a bit of bruising or swelling, but otherwise there should be no visible signs following donation.
No. A letter of appreciation is sent to the family. The actual identities of the donor and recipients are kept confidential under present laws. However, recipient and donor families can communicate with each other anonymously via the Eye Bank.
No, only those whose eyes have a defective cornea.
Yes. Even totally blind people with healthy corneas can donate their eyes because there is no relationship between poor eyesight and donor eligibility.
Yes, most cancer patients can donate. Only those who have leukemia, lymphoma, or ocular cancers are ruled out.
If you have any more questions regarding eye donation, please contact us at the Eye Bank of British Columbia at 604.875.4567 or (toll free in BC) 1.800.667.2060.