The Eye Donation Society is a nonprofit organization founded by a young Sri Lankan doctor, Hudson Silva, in 1961, BBC News reports. The society estimates that one in five Sri Lankans are registered as cornea donors.
And that does does not include those like Viswani Pasadi, a student who has pledged her eyes to the National Eye Bank, a separate institution that opened five years ago.
Like most Sinhalese, who make up 75 percent of Sri Lankans, Pasadi is Buddhist and believes in reincarnation. This act of generosity will pay off in future lives, she believes.
In 2014, the Eye Donation Society exported 2,551 corneas, including 1,000 to China, 850 to Pakistan, 250 to Thailand, and 50 to Japan.
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