60 Years of Changing Lives by Saving Sight!

Join us in a look at our past and see our vision for the future as we celebrate our 60th annivesary in 2020.

February | Advancing Technology in Corneal Transplantation

While the first corneal transplant was performed in 1905 by Dr. Eduard Zirm in the Czech Republic, it wasn’t until the mid-twentieth century that our modern system of eye banking developed in the U.S. Since then, there have been many advances in the field of corneal transplantation. A surgical procedure that required a hospital stay decades ago is now an outpatient procedure, requiring fewer stitches and boasting a quicker recovery time.

Throughout its 60-year history, Saving Sight has worked to meet the changing needs of the ophthalmologists, and their patients as transplant surgery techniques have advanced. Today, Saving Sight prepares donor tissue for a variety of partial-thickness lamellar transplants, meeting the needs of both physicians and our community. Listen to one of Saving Sight’s Medical Directors, Dr. Gregg Berdy, give some historical context to eye banking from a transplant surgeon’s perspective.

January | A Mission Begins in Mid-Missouri

Saving Sight can trace its roots to Columbia, Mo., when a partnership was formed between the University of Missouri’s Medical Center and the Lions Clubs of Missouri to start the area’s first eye tissue bank. The 1950s and 60s saw many advances in moving corneal donation and transplantation forward, including the birth of modern eye banking in the Midwest. Today, Saving Sight has grown to become one of the nation’s leading eye banks, providing the gift of sight to more than 7 people each day.

For six decades, Saving Sight has been a mainstay in the Columbia, Mo., community. At the same time, we’ve grown to serve many families and recipients throughout our region, nationally and internationally. This winter, we were proud to work with local Missouri Journalism School student, Maddy Montoya, to document the stories of two mid-Missouri individuals whose lives have been touched by Saving Sight’s mission.

For more about our history, check out our About Us page.


Check back on this page for more stories celebrating our 60 years of changing lives by saving sight each month in 2020!