Fact: It is a myth that those who donate eyes will suffer face disfigurement by having holes in the place of eye sockets. In most religions, the texts do not mention this anywhere. Also, in the process of eye donation, only the cornea is removed and not the entire eye.
Fact: If the law of karma is to be believed, gifting sight to someone is an act of great virtue and will only be rewarded by a perfect vision in the next life. This myth has no basis in religion or logic.
Fact: The consent of your family members (next of kin) is essential for eye donation after one pledges their eyes. They must complete the necessary formalities before your wish to donate your eyes in the event of your death.
Fact: Selling or buying human eyes or any other organs is illegal and is a punishable offense under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act (THOA, 1994). The process from donation to transplant is completely documented and secure. In fact, any cost involved with cornea retrieval is borne by the eye bank.
Fact: It is a misconception that the eyes of Indian donors are not good enough for corneal transplants. Once the doctors have evaluated the eyes for eligibility, they can be transplanted. Age, nationality, race, caste, or the color of the eyes has no bearing on their quality.
Fact: Of all organ transplants, corneal transplants are known to be the most successful. Corneal transplant is a quite simple and routinely performed procedure by doctors the world over.
Fact: If your next of kin inform the eye bank in the event of your death, and express their wish to donate your eyes, your eyes will be retrieved by the eye bank personnel.