Cornea transplants put focus on need for early diagnosis, organ donation policy

After struggling with poor vision for almost half of his life, 20-year-old Intiaz Abdul received a corneal transplant last month at Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospital.

“I spent half of my life—since I was 12-years-old—trying to see clear,” Abdul says, while noting that he had started failing in school because he couldn’t see properly and couldn’t concentrate. “I could have only see like four feet away. It was really hard.”

Abdul said his mother carried him to a lot of eye specialists but no one was able to treat his condition—keratoconus, a condition where the normally round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins into a cone-like bulge and eventually ends in severe visual impairment. Persons would need a corneal transplant if their cornea no longer lets light enter the eye properly because of scarring or …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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