|Posted:||March 5, 2019 10:38 AM|
|From:||Senator Lisa M. Boscola|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Resolution - March 2019 as Eye Donor Awareness Month|
|In the near future, I will be reintroducing a resolution recognizing the month of March as “Eye Donor Month” in the Commonwealth. I encourage you to join as a co-sponsor.
Eye donation allows for restoration of sight to recipients whose vision has been affected by injury, disease or infection. Corneal transplant is one of the most frequently performed human transplant procedures. Since 1961, more than 1,000,000 corneal transplants have been performed in the U.S., restoring sight to men, women, and children ranging in age from nine days to 103 years. Additionally, the corneal transplant operation has a national success rate of 90%.
According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), the chances of success with this operation continue to rise because of technological advances such as less irritating sutures (which are often finer than a human hair) and the surgical microscope.
Eye donation follows the same process as organ donation and there are no restrictions on who can donate. There is no substitute for human cornea tissue and the transplant process depends upon the selfless act of eye donation. Please join me in bringing awareness to the increasing need of donations.
Introduced as SR59