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Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface, Health Economics and Policy

Anything but the Eyes

Artwork above: Eye Flower, by Jennie Jewitt-Harris. Collage, charcoal and paint on canvas. 

Support for organ donation is widespread and the benefits of corneal donation are well-known. There remains, however, a consistent – and significant – proportion of potential donors who refuse corneal donation despite their willingness to donate all other organs (1). In 2019, one in 10 registered donors restricted the organs they would donate. Of these, 68 percent excluded the donation of corneas (2) – four times the number of the next-highest restriction (the heart, which 17 percent preferred not to donate). For some people, the concern over corneal donation is so great that even social and moral pressure to donate cannot overcome it.

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About the Author

Jennie Jewitt-Harris

CEO of the Transplant Links charity, artist, and physician.

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