Many people are reluctant to donate their eyes after they die because the organs are regarded as a "symbolic" part of the body, according to one source.
Professor John Wallwork, chair of the Transplant Trust, said that many people regard the eyes as the most special organ of all because they evoke emotion and are used to view the millions of events which occur throughout their lives.
His comments followed the publication of recent data by the NHS which showed that 55 peer cent of those who go for the "pick-and-choose" option on the donor register, which equates to 1.2 million people, say they do not want their eyes to be transplanted.
"Eyes are something people can feel differently about compared to other parts of the body. They can be regarded as being "symbolic of [a] personal view of the world"," Professor Wallwork explained.
Recently, Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen told the Vancouver Sun that people wanting to keep their mind sharp should take good care of their eyes and have them regularly tested.
by Adrian Galbreth