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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 nearly 65,000 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


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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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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Saving Sight Opens New Lions Volunteer Center in Columbia

The World Health Organization estimates that 153 million people worldwide suffer from vision problems that can usually be corrected with glasses. With the help of Lions Club members from across Missouri and local volunteers, nonprofit Saving Sight is working to lower that number through its eyeglass recycling program. That program will expand Saturday, October 3 when Saving Sight dedicates and opens the new Lions Volunteer Center in Columbia.

“The opening of the Lions Volunteer Center commemorates a 55 year partnership between Lions and Saving Sight to change lives by saving sight,” said Jason Noland, Saving Sight Director of Development. “We’re excited to open this new facility to engage volunteers in our work and help us recycle even more donated eyeglasses for those in need.”

Long-time Saving Sight Volunteer Screens Vision of 50,000th Child

Florissant resident and St. Charles Lions Club member Becky Henderson screened the vision of her 50,000th child today as a volunteer with Saving Sight’s KidSight vision screening program. The milestone occurred at a screening Henderson conducted at Mercy Child Development Center and is just one of hundreds she has conducted over her near 16-year career as a volunteer with nonprofit Saving Sight’s KidSight vision screening program.

The KidSight program identifies children from 6 months to 6 years at high risk for amblyopia (lazy eye) and other vision problems. By identifying at risk children and encouraging immediate, follow-up eye care, the KidSight program helps prevent permanent vision loss. Healthy vision is especially important in ensuring children are prepared for school where as much as 80% of learning occurs through the eyes.   

Saving Sight Volunteers Promote Donor Designation at State Fair

Saving Sight volunteers teamed up with the Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee and Donate Life Missouri to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation at this year’s Missouri State Fair. Over six days at the State Fair, a total of thirty-eight volunteers talked with potential donors and those already on the registry to promote a supportive culture of the life-saving power of organ donation.  

PDG Lion Jene of the Marshall Lions and Lion Gerry of the Forsyth Lions volunteered at the event on behalf of Saving Sight. Past organ recipient Ruthie and Gayle also represented Saving Sight at the State Fair Donate Life booth.

Approximately 122,000 Americans of all ages are currently awaiting organ transplants in the United States. One organ donor has the ability to save up to 8 lives.

“Organ donation is a selfless gift to help enhance another’s life,” Lion Gerry said. “Volunteering was enriching as I had the opportunity to meet people who had first-hand experience in organ donation. Donor families who came to the booth told of relatives who had become donors and the good feelings they had knowing a precious gift was made so someone else could continue life.”