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Need for Corneal Donors

William R. Schlichtemeier, MD
JAMA. 1982;247(20):2781. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320450019019.
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To the Editor.—  More corneal donors are needed. Corneal transplantation is a common and successful operation. The backlog of patients needing suitable donor material is substantial. We have many patients who must wait an unreasonable time for a donor cornea.For these donors we must rely on the general public and our fellow physicians to help us obtain donor material. Good donor material is hard to come by. Many of my patients who need corneas are young patients who have had a blinding illness or injury, and a corneal transplant would return their sight. However, not all cases of blindness can be reversed by such a transplant.Some people have the misconception that since they wear eyeglasses, their eyes would be unsuitable for donation. This is not so. The entire eye is used. The cornea is used for transplantation, and the sclera is used to repair eyes and eyelids in


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