Saving Sight Welcomes Schaeperkoetter as New Board Member from Jefferson City

New Saving Sight Board Member, Jeff SchaeperkoetterJefferson City, Mo. (January 22, 2018) – Jeff W. Schaeperkoetter – a former Missouri Circuit Judge, Assistant Attorney General, Missouri State Representative, and Missouri State Senator – will join Saving Sight’s board of directors in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Schaeperkoetter, who has also served his country as a U.S. Army and Missouri Army National Guard veteran, will join the board for his first three-year term as a community board member.

“Our board members provide crucial oversight to help us achieve our goals," said Chief Executive Officer Tony Bavuso. "Schaeperkoetter’s years of experience will bring a fresh perspective to our organization’s strategy this year. Through his engagement and support, I’m sure we will be able to change more lives by saving sight.”

Saving Sight and Fight for Sight Announce Funding of Two Student Fellowship Awards

Kansas City, Mo. (January 8, 2018) – Today, non-profit organizations Saving Sight and Fight for Sight announced the joint funding of two new Summer Student Fellowships. The grants will be available to undergraduate, graduate or medical students conducting research relating to either the cornea or dry eye.

“Research and innovation within the field of ophthalmology are what drives our work forward as an eye bank,” said Tony Bavuso, CEO of Saving Sight. “We’re thrilled to partner with Fight for Sight to support students who are pursuing academic ocular research.”

The two grant awards will be $2,500 each with applications due to Fight for Sight on February 15, 2018. The announcement of awards is expected in May of 2018.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Saving Sight on two new Summer Student Fellowships,” said Arthur Makar, Fight for Sight’s Executive Director. “Together we will fund the next generation of leaders in corneal and dry eye research.”

Saving Sight Welcomes MU Health Care’s Fraunfelder as New Board Member from Columbia

MU Health Care's Dr. FraunfelderColumbia, Mo. (November 29, 2017) – Frederick Fraunfelder, MD, MBA, director of University of Missouri Health Care’s Mason Eye Institute and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the MU School of Medicine, will join Saving Sight’s board of directors in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Fraunfelder, an ophthalmologist, will join the board for his first three-year term as a community board member.

Connect with Saving Sight at ESCRS 2017

Patrick Gore at the 2016 ESCRS conference in Copenhagen.Lets's connect at ESCRS 2017!

Our Saving Sight team is excited to be back at the annual European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) Congress October 7-11, 2017.  We'd love the opportunity to connect with ophthalmologists, surgeons and other eye care professionals while there. Patrick Gore, Chief Business Development Officer at Saving Sight, will be at ESCRS and looks forward to hearing how Saving Sight can best suit your ocular needs in a simple and convenient way. Please reach out to Patrick Gore soon to coordinate a time to connect at the conference. 

We look forward to an enriching conference in Lisbon!

For additional information: Patrick Gore, Chief Business Development Officer, 816.255.1337


Saving Sight Expands KC Team

New employees meet in Kansas City for new employee orientation with Jenny McElhany, Human Resources Manager.Kansas City, Mo. (August 30, 2017) – The addition of 7 new employees to Saving Sight’s Kansas City location adds several new roles to help aid in the organization's mission to change lives by saving sight. These new positions allow Saving Sight to continue in growth and innovation as one of the nation’s leading providers of corneal tissue for transplantation. The new employees are Kevin Wright, Business Development Manager; Dana Froehlich, Client Services Specialist; Leon Hill, Recovery Manager; Ben Robertson, IT Administrator; Emily Cushing, Laboratory Technician; Heather Kaiser, Quality Assurance Specialist; and Tamara McCully, part time Recovery Technician.

Saving Sight Announces Kansas City Relocation

Kansas City, Mo. (July 25, 2017) – Construction is set to begin in August for Saving Sight’s Northland expansion into the former Equity Plaza office building at 10560 NW Ambassador Drive in Kansas City, Platte County. The acquisition of the majority of Equity Plaza building was completed in July and will give the non-profit ocular services provider 18,094 square feet of commercial office space.

Set for completion in late in 2018, the building renovation will feature an open floor plan and other features to enhance collaboration, as well a clean room lab environment for tissue processing. Firms involved in Saving Sight’s new headquarters project include Development Initiatives, Centric Projects, and Clockwork Architecture and Design.

Researchers One Step Closer to Finding New Treatment for Myopia

Kansas City, Mo. (May 11, 2017) – The millions projected to be diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness, in the coming years may soon have an option other than corrective eyewear or refractive surgery to restore their vision. According to new research presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), scientists are one step closer to developing a molecular treatment that could slow development of the condition.  

The project, led by Jody Summers, PhD, professor of cell biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, successfully isolated cells in the choroid of both chick and human eyes which have been found to produce the enzyme retinaldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (RALDH2). Previous research by Dr. Summers and her team demonstrated RALDH2 to be important in controlling scleral matrix remodeling. Isolation of the cells which produce the enzyme will allow future projects to identify the cells’ type and pursue development of molecular treatments that target the cells to control overall growth of the eye.