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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 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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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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A Whittler’s Lasting Gift

Aaron, a cornea donor, kneels by his boat at the edge of the waterA quiet and good-hearted man, Aaron loved spending time with his family, including his two children and grandchild. He also loved connecting with nature. Some of his favorite moments were spent on the river fishing and hunting for arrow heads with his son. Aaron was a talented whittler and would come up with the most unique ideas and designs to whittle into pieces of wood with his razor-knife.

Aaron was raised on a farm and worked in construction, following in father’s footsteps. Aaron had just celebrated his 40th birthday when he passed away.

“He was far from perfect, but he was a loving, kind and generous person,” Aaron’s mother, Debbie, said. “He was the type of man who would give the shirt off his back to help someone else and he continued to give in death.”

Aaron had registered as an eye, organ and tissue donor at his local Department of Motor Vehicles office and carried a donor symbol on his license. After a motor vehicle accident claimed his life, Aaron was able to give the gift of sight through eye donation.

“I did not know he was a donor, but he was always helping others.”  Debbie added Aaron knew she and his dad were registered organ donors.


Independent Preschooler Regains Depth Perception Thanks to KidSight

Sydney received an eye exam and glasses after a KidSight screening detected she was at-risk for a potential vision problem.A happy, independent 4-year-old, Sydney uses her imagination to tell big stories. She’s a kid who prefers to be on the move rather than sit for too long. But Sydney would often trip and fall in her active play. Jessica, Sydney’s mother, said they thought she was clumsy. It turns out Sydney was one of the 10 percent of kids her age who have a vision problem.

“She never gave us any indication that she had eye problems,” said Jessica. “We felt bad she went all that time without seeing well.” Often times, children with vision problems don’t know their sight is poor so they adapt to the vision they have.

After a referral from Saving Sight’s KidSight program and a visit to her eye doctor where Sydney was prescribed glasses, Jessica said, “Now, Sydney can walk without falling and spilling things.” Jessica said Sydney used to tilt her head and look at everything off to the side. Sydney’s doctor said she was doing this to see out of her good eye. Now that she has glasses, Sydney looks at things straight on.


Long-time Volunteers Host Vision Screenings at Jefferson City Library

Lions Janice and Billy Bonnot pose in their Lions vests.Lions Billy and Janice Bonnot embody the call to be knights of the blind through their dedicated volunteerism. The Bonnots are members of the Jefferson City Host Lions and have been avid supporters and volunteers of Saving Sight’s KidSight and Eyeglass Recycling Program for more than ten years.

“For people to get involved I think they need to see a screening, visit Saving Sight and have a good mentor. When you get that good start you get that encouragement and passion to carry on,” said Billy.

The Bonnots have helped with KidSight vision screenings at schools and daycares in the Jefferson City area since Janice joined the Lions in 1999. “We think KidSight is such an important program because we do screenings for children 6 months to 6 years and kids learn so much during that timeframe – part of learning is being able to see well,” said Janice.