AIIMS using one cornea to gift vision to two patients

New Delhi: The AIIMS, Delhi has broken its own record in corneal transplant surgeries. In the past one year, 1,844 corneal transplantation surgeries were performed in AIIMS. The Institute was able to use 70 per cent of the corneas supplied to it by donors, which is 10 per cent above the national average.

Dr JS Titiyal, the chairman of the National Eye Bank said that in the past 50 years, AIIMS collected 26,000 corneas, of which 26,143 were transplanted on patients. Around 60 per cent of the corneas supplied to AIIMS come from Hospital Cornea Retrieval Programme.

One cornea, two transplants

The doctors at AIIMS are now cutting corneas into two parts to transplant them on two patients. According to Dr Titliyal, around 100 patients were gifted vision using just 50 corneas.

However, despite such a large number of transplantation surgeries, around 500 patients needing corneal transplant are still in the waiting list at AIIMS.