The Huge Gap Of Corneal Donor Materials Makes Corneal Donation Cause Urgent To Develop In China

- Oct 15, 2018-

According to the world health organization's 2010 global data report on visual disability, there are 8.248 million blind people in China. According to statistics, there are about 5 million people with corneal blindness in China, among which there are about 100,000 people with corneal blindness every year, while there are only about 5,000 people receiving corneal transplantation every year in China. In other words, only 5% of people with corneal blindness receive surgery each year.

Evidence-based medicine, chairman of China physicians association, and the professional committee of ophthalmology group members, love's eye institute, central south university professor, director of the institute, love eye cornea disease shao-wei li is introduced, the country can mature to carry out the cornea transplant eye doctor is less than 100 people, and is concentrated in the north such as the capital city of central cities and economically developed areas.

In the western part of China, the incidence of corneal diseases is very high due to dry climate, ultraviolet irradiation and strong wind and sand. Professor li shaowei said: "medical conditions are limited and traffic is blocked, which makes many patients with corneal blindness in the west unable to get timely treatment. This is one of the main reasons for the high incidence of corneal blindness in western regions over the years.

The lack of corneal donors is another important reason that hinders the implementation of corneal transplantation especially in western China. It is reported that in June 2016-2018, fewer than 10 people have registered and completed corneal donation in the Red Cross society of gansu province. The huge gap of corneal donor materials makes corneal donation cause urgent to develop in China.