Donation makes sight saving treatment possible

Moorfields undertakes more than a thousand corneal transplants a year, none of which would be possible without the kindness and generosity of those who agree to be tissue donors. 

Each year, hundreds of patients walk away from Moorfields having undergone a corneal transplant, or corneal graft, quite simply with “the gift of sight”. Patients like Chris Watkins, a retired broadcast journalist, who was diagnosed with Fuchs’ dystrophy, a progressive disease that affects the cornea which if left untreated can lead to blindness. Or Dhivya Sivanesan who suffered for 15 years with keratoconus and was referred to Moorfields for a transplant.  Their lives have simply been transformed by that all-important donor, the skill of the surgeons, and  the team at the Moorfields Lions Eye Bank who retrieve and prepare the tissue for transplantation. 

To register as a donor, please visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk/how_to_become_a_donor.

 

Last updated: 6th January 2020