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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 55,000 people 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 screened nearly 380,000 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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Cornea 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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Boeing Employees make gift to support KidSight in St. Louis

ECF Boeing St. Louis logoSt. Louis, Mo. – Saving Sight is pleased to announce that the Employee Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis (ECF) has awarded a significant grant in support of Healthy Vision Day in the Greater St. Louis Area.

The ECF of Boeing St. Louis is an employee-operated and -directed giving program that allows employees to support the needs of the St. Louis community via tax-deductible recurring payroll deductions or one-time gifts. Boeing pays all administrative costs for the ECF so that 100 percent of every employee dollar contributed supports the community.


Make Healthy Vision a Priority for Back-To-School Preparation

August is the time of year parents are preparing their children to return to school. When 80% of learning occurs through the eyes, healthy vision is essential to success in the classroom. So in addition to buying school supplies and new clothes, parents should also make sure their children start the school year off with the vision they need to succeed. Eye doctors recommend that children receive an eye exam before starting grade school. Children with vision or learning problems should get exams earlier.

Regular eye exams can help make sure your child has healthy vision. The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive full, dilated eye exams from an eye doctor at 6 months, 3 years, 5 years (or just before school), and every 2 years thereafter. To find an eye doctor near you, try this search tool.

Saving Sight can also help identify vision problems through free KidSight vision screenings. Children identified at screenings as high-risk for vision loss will be referred to an eye doctor for a full, dilated eye exam.


New Saving Sight Employee Wins Prestigious Heise Award

Profile photo of Jackie MallingSaving Sight is proud to congratulate Jackie Malling who will receive The Leonard Heise Award, a prestigious award given each year by the Eye Bank Association of America. Malling, a new Saving Sight staff member, has been working with Saving Sight as a consultant for the past 10 months, and in May 2015, she joined the staff full-time as Director of Business Development.

Malling will receive the award at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Eye Bank Association of America in Atlanta, Georgia on June 3-6, 2015. She is the 33rd recipient of the award, which “is presented to non-medical eye bankers in recognition of their outstanding devotion to the EBAA's development and for exemplifying the precepts of Leonard Heise, a major contributor to the fight against blindness and one of the EBAA's founders,” according to the EBAA website.