Sayeed Tajik, the young man on the left in this photograph standing with his father, is a medical student based in Lahore. He hails from the Ghulkin village of Gojal Valley, upper Hunza. We are sharing here an inspiring personal account that he has posted on his Facebook profile, with his permission.
Sayeed writes, “With the grace of Allah and consent of my family [I] donated my Eyes. Do u know that we can light the life of a blind by donating our eyes after death? …
In Pakistan one in ten people are visually impaired, with more than 2 million people blind in both eyes. Corneal diseases account for almost 14 % of the blindness, visual impairment.
Due to non-availability of healthy cornea tissue many people continues to live in a world of darkness. Eye banking in a country like Pakistan is at its budding stage. Anyone can be a donor, irrespective of age, sex, blood group or religion and I would pledge all to donate your eyes as after death its of no use but can help other to restore his or her vision.”
Sayeed further writes, “People are not aware of eye bank in Pakistan. 14% of blindness is corneal in Pakistan which can only be restored by donating eye. In India there are more than 150 corneal banks from which more than 50 are functional but in Pakistan we are lacking it. Mayo hospital were we are under training is the biggest hospital in Pakistan where patients r treated in thousands everyday. But when i asked about how many people have donated eye. They replied that only two people had donated their eyes. It can only be increased by giving awareness to the public and i have started it by donating my own eyes. ”
Sayeed has donated his eyes to the Corneal bank of Ophthalmology Department Mayo Hospital. Anyone interested in donating his eyes can contact their nearest hospital, to inquire if they are accepting donations of eyes, or do they have the facility of eye-bank. “You just have to fill a consent form and send it for processing”, Sayeed said.
He said that eyes cannot be sold or purchased. They can only be donated.