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Saving Sight is a nonprofit organization that changes lives through the gift of sight and charitable vision services. We were founded in 1960 as an eye bank in central Missouri, and today, our vision programs serve more than 100,000 people worldwide each year. We strive to be the global partnership model for how eye banking and charitable vision services can most effectively serve people and communities.

KidSight Vision Screening Program

KidSight

Our trained technicians have conducted more than 440,000 vision screenings for Missouri children since 1995. Using a photoscreening device, we quickly and noninvasively screen children ages 6 months to 6 years old for common causes of childhood vision loss free of charge, and we refer at-risk children to eye doctors for examination and treatment.

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Eye Donation

Since 1960, Saving Sight has coordinated eye donation and the distribution of corneas for transplant. Today, we operate in Missouri, Kansas, and central Illinois, and we distribute corneas to transplant surgeons in those states, the rest of the U.S., and around the world to help people receive the precious gift of sight.
 

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Eyeglass Recycling

Our Eyeglass Recycling Program changes lives locally and globally. We collaborate with the Missouri Lions to collect used eyeglasses, prepare them for recycling, and provide them to people in need, free of charge.

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Local Nonprofits Work Together to Benefit Community

Jameson, a student at Giant Steps of St. Louis, sorts recycled eyeglasses.Jameson is one of the many students at Giant Steps of St. Louis who benefits from the school’s academic, social and vocational programming for children on the autism spectrum. With Saving Sight’s Eyeglass Recycling Program, students like Jameson are able to gain real work experience that also allows them to give back to their community.

“I want people to have a lot of glasses where people do not have a lot of money to get glasses,” said Jameson. “I want people to be able to have glasses so they can see and actually see their children.”

Since 2013, students at Giant Steps have worked to help sort glasses into reading, prescription and sunglasses for Saving Sight’s Eyeglass Recycling Program. Sorting these glasses helps Saving Sight process the recycled glasses and allows them to easily be cleaned, read and distributed to those in need of eyewear both in the United States and abroad.


Missouri Lions District Governor Receives the Gift of Sight

Don, District Governor for Missouri Lions district M1, presides over a meeting.Don is a dedicated member of the Houston Lions Club and the outgoing District Governor for Missouri Lions District M1. After serving as a Lion since 1988 and answering Helen Keller's call for Lions to be 'knights of the blind,’ Don found himself in need of one of the very programs he supports.

Thanks to the generous gift of sight from an eye donor, Don received a cornea transplant that was successful in restoring his sight. “I’m thankful I had to the opportunity to have it done; It’s tremendously improved my vision,” said Don.

In 2013, Don had a corneal transplant to correct a football injury. “I was hit in my eye at a football game many years ago in high school,” said Don. His right pupil had been dilated since that game. “Then, as I got older, I started losing my vision and it got to where I could hardly see at all.” When Don turned 60, he could no longer see well enough to make out the time on his watch. So his eye doctor scheduled a corneal transplant surgery.


A Whittler’s Lasting Gift

Aaron, a cornea donor, kneels by his boat at the edge of the waterA quiet and good-hearted man, Aaron loved spending time with his family, including his two children and grandchild. He also loved connecting with nature. Some of his favorite moments were spent on the river fishing and hunting for arrow heads with his son. Aaron was a talented whittler and would come up with the most unique ideas and designs to whittle into pieces of wood with his razor-knife.

Aaron was raised on a farm and worked in construction, following in father’s footsteps. Aaron had just celebrated his 40th birthday when he passed away.

“He was far from perfect, but he was a loving, kind and generous person,” Aaron’s mother, Debbie, said. “He was the type of man who would give the shirt off his back to help someone else and he continued to give in death.”

Aaron had registered as an eye, organ and tissue donor at his local Department of Motor Vehicles office and carried a donor symbol on his license. After a motor vehicle accident claimed his life, Aaron was able to give the gift of sight through eye donation.

“I did not know he was a donor, but he was always helping others.”  Debbie added Aaron knew she and his dad were registered organ donors.