HCRP ( CORNEA RETRIEVAL PROGRAMME )

In hospitals a significant number of deaths occur at the intensive care units and other wards of hospitals. The hospital deaths become definite and concentrated sources of eyes for the eye banks. The family of deceased can be requested for eye donation by a social worker called a grief counsellor, when a death occurs. We have 3 grief counsellors in GOVERNEMENT KING GEORGE HOSPITAL (1100 beds) in VISAKHAPATNAM and we are covering the CARE, APOLLO, QUEEN NRI and ABHAYA CRITICAL CARE & APOORVA HOSPITALS.

The mutual co is called a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the hospital and an eye bank for HCRP. HCRP helps families to make a right decision and gives us opportunity to dispel various myths and misconceptions. HCRP helps in sourcing younger donor tissues with good medical history.

The Eye Bank has been providing a 24 hour availability to accept eye donation and will respond to referrals in timely fashion, members of the retrieval team were highly trained and credentials will be available to the donor hospital upon the request.

The cornea is supplied by an eye bank free of cost to the Corneal Surgeons based upon the availability. Usually the waiting time is 3 months to 6 months. Corneal surgeons, that are ophthalmologists who specialise in the treatment of cornea, perform the surgery to correct various types of cornea related problems. The success rate of such operations is fairly high and lies above 80%. The success depends upon the condition of the patient, the quality of the cornea tissue used and the medical care taken after the operation.

CORNEAL BLINDNESS AND PRESENT SCENARIO OF THE CORNEAL TRANSPLANTATION ACTIVITY AND EYE BANKS:

Corneal blindness (specification of the transparent front portion of the human eye ball resulting in gross defect in vision) is only second to cataract blindness in India.

More than two million people majority of them being children, industrial workers and agricultural labourers are the unfortunate victims of corneal blindness.

Moreover 25,000 are added every year to aggravate the grim situation.

Only 18,000 donor eyes are collected every year as against the actual need of 40,000 eyes per year.

TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF EYE BANK AND RELATED ACTIVITIES:

  1. Mohsin Eye Bank personnel have obtained necessary training at Ramayyamma International Eye Bank, LV Prasad Eye Institute & Eye Bank Association of India, Hyderabad.
  2. The Eye Bank functions round the clock and 365 days a year.
  3. The Eye Bank is equipped with necessary equipment, facility and expertise to screen, process and preserve Donor Eye Balls before they are transplanted.
  4. Functioning of The Eye bank strictly conforms to the rules and regulations stipulated in AP organ transplantations act.
  5. The Eye Bank also conducts CME Programmes and Workshops for the benefit of the Ophthalmologic Surgeons.
  6. The Eye Bank encourages Ophthalmologic Surgeons and or local NGOs at District levels to start local centres to propagate and promote Eye Banking.
  7. The eye Bank also assists and encourages training of medico social workers and technicians with regard to Eye Bank activities.

 

Eye Bank Functioning Stages

Stage-1

Stage-2

Stage-3