By Alexa Kaczka
New data has revealed that eye donors helped almost 3,000 people to see clearly again between 2008 and 2009.
The figures, issued by UK transplant between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009, 3,513 organ transplants were carried out from 1,853 donors, with a further 2,712 people having their sight restored through a cornea transplant.
According to the figures, at the end of March 2009, 7,877 patients were listed as actively waiting for a transplant, while almost a million more people pledged to help others after their death by registering their wishes on the NHS Organ Donor Register, bringing the total to 16,124,871.
John Fisher, chairman of To Transplant and Beyond, which shows the positive side of transplantation and try to encourage people to join the organ donor register, added that an opt-out system would save more lives "without a doubt", as people can donate more organs than just the eyes.
"What people don"t realise is that one donor can actually save five or seven lives. So one more donor signed up, rather than not being signed up, can save seven lives. Even just those seven lives are worth it," he stated.
by Emily Tait