L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) informed on Tuesday that it performed 2,043 cornea transplants between April 2016 and March this year, creating a record for any institution offering eye care services across the world.
Dr. G.N. Rao, founder and chair of the institute said the number is an achievement given the challenges to organ donation in the country. He called for increased awareness about eye donation and said the institute would work towards reducing the incidence of avoidable blindness. Corneal disease affects over 10 lakh people in the country, of which nearly 80 percent could be prevented or treated, according to LVPEI. Since the institution’s establishment in 1986-87, nearly 24,000 corneal transplants have taken place. This year, the eye bank of the institute harvested over 7,000 corneas.