He was addressing a press conference at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here, to mark the foundation day of the centre.
The senior doctor said about 27,000 corneas were collected altogether but not all are used for various reasons.
“After an eye is donated, only then we go for testing. And, if it found to be unhealthy or carrying infection, then we dont use it,” he added.
The press conference was also addressed by the centres Chief and Professor of Ophthalmology Atul Kumar, and various other senior doctors of the centre.
“We first train our young doctors on goats eyes and then they perform simple surgeries in the presence of senior doctors before they graduate to a level of expertise,” Kumar said.
A senior doctor spoke about the vision centres set up in Delhi and neighbouring cities, where doctors from AIIMS go and conduct examinations of eye patients.
“There were 15 such centres two years ago, and now we have about 25 of them. We tie up with local dispensaries and keep our set up there, and doctors from AIIMS pay regular visit, so patients need not come to the AIIMS,” he said.
Kumar said, only those patients who need surgery are sent to the Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, and “we conduct all eye-related surgeries free of cost… It is to help poor and needy people.”
On the National Blindness Survey (2015-2018), the senior doctor said, “27 of the 30 districts have been covered. 3,000 people are being sampled per district. It is expected to be completed by June. By the end of which, we will get to know the level of partial blindness and blindness in the country.