|A new funeral home opened in our city. The paper announced the owners and stated that one funeral director is a certified eye enucleator. What is that? Someone told me that the eyes are removed from the body and something is placed in the eye socket. Is this true?|
|One of the curriculum requirements for graduation from a college of mortuary science in the United States is a class on eye enucleation. The class teaches the theory and the student must complete a practicum to be fully certified. In some states, like Oregon, eye enucleations, which are performed only with the consent of the survivors are most often performed by funeral directors. They're there, they're trained and they're qualified.
The gift of sight resulting from donations is one of the nicest things a family can give to another human being. The part of the eye most often transplanted is the cornea, but there is a limited period of time to remove the eyes for transplant. Eyes which cannot be harvested in time or which may not be suitable for transplant are used for research. That is why so many areas rely on funeral directors to perform this delicate procedure.
Yes, after the eyes are removed the area is reconstructed so that a normal closure can be attained and a completely normal appearance for viewing. The procedure is minimally invasive and does so much good it is a shame that we can't get more donations. Hundreds of thousands of people have had their sight restored as a result of this selfless gift.
Hey, by the way, I carry a donor card in my wallet and anyone can get one from their local Department of Motor Vehicles.
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