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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 500,000 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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Devon’s Legacy Smiles on Through His Selfless Gift

Devon smiles at the camera while sitting in the sand on the beach. Devon continued to help others in death through being an eye donor.Losing a child is heartbreaking. For Danielle, knowing her 10-year-old son Devon could help others through being an eye donor gives her a sense of peace. “Devon is really missed so much, but I know that he is happy he was able to help someone else,” said Danielle.

Devon was born with Goldenhar Syndrome. Though his case had nothing to do with his heart, he was born with fluid on his brain, extra tissue on his eye and skin tags that were removed at birth. Devon also underwent surgery at the age of 2 and had 2 rods and 6 screws placed in his back. Despite his health concerns and diagnosis of ADHD & ADD severe in first grade, Danielle said he was so smart, energetic and always smiling.


Long-Time School Nurse Discusses Importance of KidSight

Nurse Susan helps coordinate KidSight vision screenings for her district's youngest students to prevent childhood vision loss and ensure kids are prepared to learn.Nurse Susan, RN, BSN, is a familiar face around the South Holt R-1 School District. For 32 years she’s worked with students from preschool through 12th grade to promote student wellness. That’s included coordinating KidSight vision screenings for the district’s youngest students to prevent childhood vision loss and ensure kids are prepared to learn.


Facilities Upgrade to Position Saving Sight for Future Growth

In 1974, Saving Sight opened its first facility in Columbia, Missouri. Today, the facility remains a center of Saving Sight operations and became home to a new Lions Volunteer Center in 2015 to provide dedicated space for recycling used eyeglasses for those in need. But aging mechanical systems of the building and changing needs of the organization have outpaced renovations and repairs to the facility over the last 42 years as Saving Sight has grown its impact.

With the office built in the corner of a six acre lot, approximately four acres of land have remained unutilized since 1974. Meanwhile the surrounding area has become a hub for healthcare in central Missouri, providing Saving Sight the opportunity to turn the unutilized land into an asset to re-invest in its aging Columbia facility.