Jul 192013

 Eye Donation and the Need for a Living Will

I read an interesting article this week in USA today. It was about a study performed by Duke University that more people would donate their eyes if they knew they could. This topic hits home because I have a son that is blind in one eye.  Unfortunately, his blindness is caused by a dead optic nerve in the brain so an eye replacement would not solve the problem. Yet, I was shocked that so many didn’t know that they could donate their eyes.

Over the past years I have sat through many doctor visits and seen many children with severe vision issues.  Donations could help so many. Duke University reported that eye donation is down by 28% despite the fact that people have the option of donating their eyes to be used as transplants or for research to find cures for defects and ailments.   

I am an organ donor. I’m pretty healthy and have some decent eyes so I have repeatedly told my husband to make sure that every part of me is donated, at least those parts that someone wants. This is a crucial point if you wish to donate your eyes or other organs. Make sure you notify your family of your intentions!  You should also carry a donor card or take the appropriate steps through your local motor vehicle office to have your driver’s license reflect that you are an organ donor. You might also want to visit a local organ donation organization and discuss your intentions. Most importantly, make sure you have a living will that states your organ donation wishes.

A living will is a legal document that states your wishes as to life prolonging medical treatment. It can also reflect your wishes as to organ donation. A living will tells your doctor and family what you want as to medical treatment in the event you are unable to speak for yourself such as in the case of a terminal illness or permanent vegetative state. Your local attorney and paralegal can help to prepare your living will so you can share the gift of life and vision!  

 So do you want to learn more? If so, then sign up for the AIPS Estates Wills and Trusts online paralegal class!  To find out more information on the Estates Wills and Trusts online paralegal class visit the curriculum page of the AIPS website (www.aips.com) at  http://www.aips.com/advanced-courses/course-descriptions/


Janet Russeth, J.D. AIPS Instructor

Janet Russeth, J.D.
AIPS Instructor

  One Response to “Eye Donation and the Need for a Living Will”

  1. Good day! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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