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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 500,000 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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MU Health Care’s Jarstad Joins Mitt Romney and Nonprofit on Sight-saving Trip to Indonesia

Columbia, MO - John Jarstad, M.D., F.A.A.O., director of cataract and refractive services at University of Missouri Health Care and associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the MU School of Medicine, joined former Gov. Mitt Romney and 40 other volunteers for a sight-saving humanitarian trip with Charity Vision to Bali, Indonesia, from April 10 to 17. Jarstad was asked to join the trip because of his expertise in ophthalmology and previous involvement with international vision nonprofits.
 
“Charity Vision asked if I was interested in going since I have visited Indonesia many times, speak Bahasa Indonesian and am also a former U.S. Coast Guard-licensed charter boat captain, which could be helpful in navigating the ships,” said Jarstad. “Plus, the opportunity to spend a week with Gov.

A Grandmother’s Legacy Shines on Through the Gift of Sight

Janice hugs her son Garrett.Throughout her life, Janice touched those around her with her sweet and caring nature. “My mother, Janice, was a very sweet and kind woman. She was a single mother who raised me and also enjoyed spending time with her grandson, Alijah as well. My son misses his grandmother every day,” said Garrett. Janice retired from Hallmark in Kansas City after a 35-year career as a secretary. In her retirement, she enjoyed planting flowers, knitting, doing online jigsaw puzzles, traveling and listening to music. Her most treasured moments were those spent with her son and grandson.


Restored Sight Allows Cornea Recipient to See Nature’s Beauty

Pam watching birds on her property with binoculars.Watching deer graze in the valley and geese land on her pond were just a few of the beautiful sights of nature Pam enjoys at her country home in Lebanon, Mo. Those sights mean more to Pam now than ever before after the hereditary eye disease Fuch’s dystrophy threatened to take her vision away.