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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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Free KidSight Vision Screenings at St. Louis Science Center, July 11 & 12

KidSight Vision ScreeningSaving Sight will offer free KidSight vision screenings at the St. Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Ave, St Louis, MO 63139) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12. KidSight technicians and Missouri Lions volunteers will be onsite to screen children for vision problems, helping to prepare them for success in the classroom this school year. Parents don't need to sign up or pre-register -- just show up on the day of the event and enjoy this free service. 

The screenings are painless, non-invasive, and fast. Parents will immediately receive the screening results: either a “pass” or “refer” report. Parents whose children are detected as high-risk for vision problems will be urged to take their children to an eye doctor for examination and any needed treatment.

According to the National Eye Institute, vision problems are the most common handicapping conditions in children. Early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing childhood vision loss. Children with undiagnosed vision problems can encounter difficulties learning in school or even suffer permanent vision loss.


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.


KidSight Helps Child Obtain Healthy Vision to Read

Layla was a first-grade student in Richmond, Missouri when she was screened by KidSight. Her reading skills were lagging some, but generally, she was able to keep up with her coursework. “Layla never complained about not being able to see,” said her mother, Delaina. “When she was learning to read, everything was very repetitive, so she caught on. But something seemed not quite right. Sometimes she’d close down and say, ‘I’m done.’” Layla also began having frequent headaches, but because they started during allergy season, her parents treated them as allergy symptoms. After taking some medicine and a nap, Layla would be fine again so Delaina thought nothing more of it.