National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2019 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 7 | Page No: 389 - 392

Perception related to Eye Donation in Science College Students of Himmatnagar City of Gujarat State

Author: Bipin J Prajapati1, Jaiminkumar P Patel2


1Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Himmatnagar

2Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Himmatnagar


Background: Eye sight is very important for human life. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that every 5 seconds someone goes blind. Globally, 37 million people are blind, and of these nearly 10 lakh blind people are willing for corneal transplan-tation. Awareness and practice of eye donation should be encouraged in community to cop up with this huge demand. Aims: The aim of the study was to assess the perception regarding eye donation among the science college students as proxy to general popu-lation. Materials and Methods: This is cross sectional study. Data was collected from students of randomly selected science college at Himmatnagar city. Data collected from the participants were analysed using percentage and descriptive statistics. Results: The participants were well aware of eye donation (93.4%) quoting media as a major source of information for their knowledge. Out of the 334 students, 73.9% were willing to pledge and 26.1% stu-dents did not believe in pledging their eyes. Conclusion: The findings of the study showed that overall knowl-edge about eye donation among students was good, however rela-tively less number of students were ready to pledge for eye donation.

Keywords: Eye donation, Knowledge, Perception, Science College students