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Country witnesses sharp decline in number of eye donation & corneal transplantation due to covid-19: AIIMS

The country has witnessed a sharp decline in the number of eye donation and corneal transplantation due to the covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Talking to AIR News, Dr Namrata Sharma, Department of Ophthalmology, AIIMS, New Delhi said that the country has seen 63 per cent decline in eye donations and 52 per cent drop in corneal transplantation during the covid period in comparison to pre covid period.

Dr Sharma said that according to Eye Bank Association of India, before the covid period from April 2019 to March 2020, the country had registered 50 thousand 953 eye donations and one year later from April 2020 to March 2021, this number declined to 18 thousand 359.

She further informed that in case of corneal transplantation, one year before the Covid period, the number was 27 thousand 75 and after the pandemic, between April 2020 and March 2021, this number reduced to 12,998.

Ms Sharma also appealed to the people to come forward for eye donations as backlog has also been increased due to pandemic.

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