Eye banks store eyes received from donors for later use. However, like blood banks, they are also involved in much more than storage. Eye banks facilitate the removal, processing, evaluation and distribution of eyes.
Since eyes are voluntarily given to these banks by donors themselves or their next of kin, they function as charitable organizations. Eye banks all over the world insist on the anonymity of donors.
Today, there are more than 500 eye banks in the country but they cannot meet even one fourth of the demand because of the huge numbers of the blind. Owing to this, for many decades now, we have been getting most of our donor eyes from Sri Lanka.