Could you imagine not being able to see at all? You wouldn't be able to read even this newsletter. Regular eye exams for both adults and children are an important part of preventative health care.
Your eyes not only affect how you see, but also contribute to how you feel. Your eye health is impacted by your lifestyle, including eating habits, regular exercise, and routine physical exams. Scheduling an annual eye exam is a very important part of maintaining overall health because vision exams can show early signs of diabetes, glaucoma, cardiovascular disease and many more. Your eyes can tell you what’s going on inside of you!
Even with eye health examinations, some people still require corneal related transplants from eye donation. In recent years, analysis has shown an increase in corneal related transplants; however, studies show that people are hesitant when it comes to the donation of their eyes. Rightfully so due to the personal and emotional connections with ones vision and the fact that sight is heavily weighted in the six senses.
If you have ever considered organ donation, consider providing visual acuity to someone in need. It is not widely known that the cornea is the only part of the eye that is used in visual transplanting. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped, outermost layer that covers the front of the eye. Did you know everyone is a universal donor no matter their blood type, eye color, or visual acuity? Statistics show that over 95% of all corneal transplantation successfully restores the corneal recipients vision. Since 1961, more than 1,000,000 men, women, and children ranging in age from nine days to one hundred years, have had their sight restored.
In addition to donating the priceless gift of vision through transplants, you can also consider donating to research and education in the development of eye health. Donating your eyes for research purposes allows for further advancements in the cause and affects for glaucoma, retinal disease, diabetic retinopathy and other sight disorders. This can then lead to new vision treatments and cures for the future.
Eye Bank Association of America