National Eye Donation Fortnight

National Eye Donation Fortnight

In India, more than 10 million people can’t see properly because of corneal blindness. This happens when the front part of the eye, called the cornea, becomes unclear, and it takes away their ability to see. What’s even sadder is that out of these people, about 2 million are kids under 12 years old. But there’s a way to help them see again – it’s called corneal transplantation. This special surgery uses healthy corneas from people who’ve passed away. But there’s a problem: not enough people know about it, and there are wrong ideas that make some folks scared of donating their eyes. This is where the National Eye Donation Fortnight comes in. It’s a time from August 25th to September 8th when we talk about eye donation and try to clear up the wrong ideas.

The National Eye Donation Fortnight started in 1985 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) of the Indian government. Since then, every year, they’ve been telling people how important it is to pledge to donate their eyes. This helps spread awareness and encourages people to help others even after they’re gone.

Let’s learn some important things about eye donation:

  1. Anyone Can Help: It doesn’t matter if you’re old or young, a boy or a girl, or what your religion is. If you have eye problems, you can still help by donating your eyes.
  2. Helping the Blind: The surgery that can cure corneal blindness needs healthy corneas from people who’ve passed away. A cornea is like a window for the eye. By replacing the cloudy cornea with a healthy one, blind people can see again.
  3. Quick Action: The cornea should be taken out within six hours of the person passing away. This helps the surgery work better.
  4. One Person, Two Lives: Just one person’s eyes can help two blind people to see.
  5. Not Hard or Painful: Taking out the cornea only takes about 15 to 20 minutes. And it’s done after a person has passed away, so there’s no pain.
  6. A Secret Gift: The names of the person donating and the person receiving the eyes are kept private.
  7. Free Help: The government and groups that help people (NGOs) offer eye donation services for free. So, it’s easy for anyone to donate their eyes.

This special fortnight is about learning and sharing. People in schools, colleges, and groups talk about eye donation and how it can help. By spreading the right information, we can make a big change. Even if we’re not around anymore, our kindness can continue by helping others see the world.

Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute, a super specialty eye hospital, which has performed over 320 corneal transplants for those in need. We are a shining example of how one organization can make a huge impact.

Our Efforts During 38th National Eye Donation Fortnight

In celebration of the National Eye Donation Fortnight, Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute has actively engaged with local schools, focusing on education and awareness. The institute has reached out to multiple schools, including:


  1. Nirmal Ashram Gyan Daan Academy: The series began at Nirmal Ashram Gyan Daan Academy, led by Dr. (Ms.) Suneeta Sharma as principal, with Ms. Amritpal Dang as headmistress and Mr. Sohan Singh as coordinator. Distinguished speakers, Dr. Richa (Consultant,NEI), Atma Prakash Kochar (Babu Ji) and S. Gurbinder Singh Ji, also graced us with their insightful talks, shedding light on the importance of this noble cause. This visit highlighted the institute’s dedication to holistic education.
  2. Nirmal Ashram Deepmala Public School: The journey continued to Nirmal Ashram Deepmala Public School, guided by Principal Ms. Lalita Krishna Swamy. The presence of Sant Baba Jodh Singh Ji Maharaj added a spiritual dimension to the interaction. Distinguished speakers, Atma Prakash Kochar (Babu Ji) and S. Gurbinder Singh Ji, further enriched the visit with their enlightening discussions.
  3. IDPL Inter College: At IDPL Inter College, Mr. Rajeev Lochan Singh is principal, Mr. Sh. Tript Rawat is coordinator, and Mr. Om Prakash Gupta shared insights as a visiting faculty member. Distinguished speakers, Atma Prakash Kochar (Babu Ji) and S. Gurbinder Singh Ji, also graced us with their insightful talks, emphasizing collaborative learning initiatives. This visit highlighted the significance of educational partnerships

During these interactions, key figures emphasized the importance of eye donation.

As we celebrate the National Eye Donation Fortnight, let’s remember how it started, the important things it teaches us, and the kindness it inspires. By knowing the truth and talking about it, we can all be a part of this important mission. Together, at Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute, we can bring light to those living in darkness and make their lives brighter.

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