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Saving Sight is a nonprofit organization that changes lives through the gift of sight. We were founded in 1960 as an eye bank in central Missouri, and today, our vision programs serve thousands of 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.

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Our Mission

Saving Sight is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to change lives by saving sight. We were founded in 1960 as an eye bank in central Missouri. Today, we have grown to become one of the nation's leading eye banks, focused on providing outstanding service and convenience for our clinical partners.

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Our Services

Saving Sight provides corneal tissue for transplant to help surgeons restore sight to their patients. In addition to tissue for PK and LK procedures and precut lamellar tissue for DSAEK, DMEK and ALK, we also offer DMEK tissue prepared, preloaded and shipped in a modified Jones tube.
 

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We serve physicians in our local area, across the US and around the world in a partnership to restore vision. Saving Sight provides the highest quality corneal tissue, impeccable service, and convenience so you can focus on what matters most: restoring vision to your patients. Contact our Cilent Services team to request tissue today.

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Volunteer Spotlight – Kip Palmer & the San Miguel Lions Club

Kip and Marjann Palmer enjoying dinner in San Miguel de Allende.Nearly a decade ago, Kip Palmer and his wife Marjann decided to move from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for retirement. The beautiful city with a population of 115,000 is in the middle of the country at a high elevation of 6,500 feet. It’s such a temperate city with breathtaking views and baroque Spanish architecture that it draws several expats like the Palmers to enjoy retirement. This, coupled with the great need of those locally, causes San Miguel de Allende to be a bustling metropolis filled with art, culture and over 140 nonprofits that help with everything from teaching English, to helping kids attend high school, to medical clinics. As a result, volunteer opportunities abound and it’s home to the largest library of English books in Mexico.


Corneal Transplants Allow Avid Reader to See Clearly

Some of Rosalia’s fondest memories of her mother revolve around reading. “Mother was a reader,” says Rosalia. “She always said a day she didn’t get to read anything was hardly worth it. She would sit down 30 minutes a day to read. It was important to her, and she taught her kids that.”

For as long as Rosalia remembers, the love of reading and learning have been important to her. “When I was in third grade, I read every book in the third grade library,” she recalls, amused. “I’ve been a reader from a long way back. I’ve always joked if I couldn’t find anything to read, I would read the labels on the soup can.”

This love of learning led Rosalia to become a home economics teacher and she also was certified to teach English. It was while teaching she met her husband.


Anita's Story

Anita smiles in a restaurant booth.Not long ago, diminishing sight threatened to take away Anita’s ability to read and see well enough to sew her quilts. An active and proud grandmother, she and her husband recently retired to Columbia to be closer to their children and grandchildren. “We are loving being close enough to be part of their lives as they are growing up,” says Anita. Though they now live in mid-Missouri, Anita is a proud Vermonter through and through and they enjoy going back to visit every summer.