Your family will always be asked for their support for organ donation to go ahead, even if you’re on the Organ Donor Register. That’s why talking to them and letting them know your decision is so important.
Eye donation involves donating your corneas – not your iris. Corneas are tiny pieces of tissue at the front of your eyes. You’ll never see them, but they make a massive difference to how you see the world. They let light into your eyes, enabling you to see.
It can be helpful to know that all the major religions and belief systems in the UK are open to the principles of organ donation and transplantation and accept that organ donation is an individual choice.
Burial traditions in Northern Ireland are often different than in other parts of the UK. The organ donation operation is performed as soon as possible after death by highly skilled professionals who take the same care and attention, and offer the same respect as they would in any operation.