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24 Hours After Death: How Eye Banks Can Turn a Tragedy into a Miracle

by | Oct 7, 2021 | Events, News | 0 comments

Blindness is an unnecessary reality for millions of people around the world. At any given time, over 12 million people are actively waiting for a corneal transplant to save their sense of vision. In this deeply moving talk, Dr. Patil explains how a simple conversation with your loved ones can preserve their legacy through the gift of sight. Through proper education, a carefully crafted plan, and a sense of urgency, no cornea will go to waste.

Dr. Akshay Patil is a returning alumnus from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where he was President of the Private Practice Club. He has done rotations across the country in various modes of practice and is currently a resident optometrist passionate about providing eye care to his community at the Specialty Eye Institute in central Michigan. His professional aspirations include working in the private practice sector while developing an effective global outreach program, while his personal goals include visiting all of the national parks in the United States. Ardent pizza aficionado. Diehard Laker fan. Spelling Bee Winner.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Corneal blindness is a global problem and we are striving for a solution.