Much has been reported about organ donation, and for the most part, people have been under the illusion that only perfectly working organs can be of any use to a donor recipient. But when it comes to eyes, the message from experts is that even if a person has suffered some form of dysfunction with their sight, a donated eye can still be of precious use.
If they cannot be used for patients, they are still invaluable as research tools and can be put forward for research projects and study tools in wet lab surgeries and be used for training that long term benefits the research field of ophthalmology. New and in training ophthalmologists can practice their skills and allow experienced senior ophthalmologists hone their craft thus making available the latest in state-of-the-art surgeries.
In thirty per cent of cases, families do not allow donation of the eyes when they are aware that may go towards research practice, however of the eyes that are offered up, over a third are able to be used in patients.