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Call for 'vital' cornea donations

NHS Blood and Transplant has stressed there is a 'national shortage' of corneas, and has urged the public to consider giving their eyes to help improve the lives of thousands of blind or partially sighted people.

Around one in 10 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register say they are not willing to donate their eyes but experts said that cornea donations are vital and help many patients restore their sight.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said there was a national shortage of corneas after the number of donated corneas fell by two per cent last year - the first decrease in seven years.

During National Eye Week, NHSBT has called for more people to say whether or not they would be willing to donate their eyes in the event of their death.

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