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      About Eye Bank
      Corneal blindness is one of the most common forms of blindness. The only known cure for corneal blindness is corneal transplantation, using healthy corneas donated by individuals after death. The demand for donor corneas far exceeds the current supply and an active eye banking movement is the only way, to address the problem.

      There are currently an estimated 15 million blind people in India. 6.8 million people out of these suffer from corneal blindness with vision less than 6/60 in at least one eye, and of these, about 1 million have bilateral corneal blindness. If the present trend continues, it is expected that the number of corneally blind individuals in India will increase to 10.6 million by 2020.

      Of these at least 3 million can be benefited by corneal transplantation. Thus, to effectively meet the ever growing demand, we need around 1,50,000 corneal transplants to be performed every year.

      Laxmi Eye Bank is established even before the trust has started its activities, way back in 1996 and still the only eye bank in whole of Konkan region. Conducting lectures and public awareness programmes emphasising the importance of eye donation is a regular activity of the eye bank. More than 600 corneal transplants have been performed till March 2012.
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