Corneal Blindness

Corneal blindness is the loss of vision of the cornea, the focusing element of the camera that is the eye. If the cornea is damaged or becomes cloudy, vision is dramatically reduced or lost.

The cornea, unless it is malfunctioning from birth due to congenital reasons, can get damaged due to accidents, infections or malnutrition. Among children, accidents involving sharp objects like pens and pencils are common. Many adults lose their vision as a result of chemical burns, flying debris and road accidents. Medical malpractices and improper post-operative care after eye surgery can also result in opacity of the cornea and subsequent blindness.

Corneal blindness is 100 percent curable, with corneal transplantation.

In India
In India alone, there are nearly five million people suffering from corneal blindness.