354 corneas received by Erode Govt hospital

Erode: Some 354 corneas have been received by the Government Headquarters Hospital here this fiscal and over 300 were sent to Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore where they were transplanted on those suffering from corneal-blindness, a senior doctor said today.

There was good response to cornea-donation and some 177 persons had donated their eyes this fiscal, Dr M. Ravikumar, Senior Ophthalmic Surgeon, said.

Out of 354 corneas,the Government Headquarters hospital used one cornea while a local private eye hospital used 14.

Regarding cataract surgeries, he said it was decided to perform thirty thousand such surgeries for 2011-2012 in Erode district. As on date 95 per cent of the target has been
achieved, he said.