NUST Community Service Club has collaborated with Rawalpindi Eye Donors Organization (REDO) in order to raise awareness about eye diseases and the need for the donation of eyes for cornea transplantation. Recently, an ‘Eye Donation Awareness Campaign’ was run in H-12 in which members and volunteers of the club motivated the students, faculty and residents of the H-12 campus of NUST and distributed more than 1000 will cards for eye donations.
The objective of this campaign is to create mass public awareness and to bridge the gap between demand and supply of cornea and encourage people to come forward and pledge their eyes for donation after death. Any person irrespective of his age, sex, social or religious status can pledge and donate his eyes. Persons wearing glasses or having undergone any type of eye surgery can also donate their eyes.
Donation of eye is considered prohibited, and unfortunately, a large number of misconceptions are associated with it. Considering a large population that is completely or partially blind, that could be treated by corneal grafting, it is necessary that solid steps be taken to make sure that such misconceptions are clarified. REDO has done above 1200 successful corneal grafting, and provides its services free of cost to the poor. NUST in collaboration with REDO wishes to motivate and encourage people to participate in this noble cause.