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Resources for Ocular Researchers

Eye donors give the gift of sight through corneal transplants, but also have the opportunity to change the lives of those affected by eye conditions by providing tissue for research and education. Saving Sight provides eye tissue to medical researchers who seek the causes and cures for a variety of ocular conditions, including glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease, and retinal disorders. Research tissues available include whole globes, corneas, lenses, and conjunctiva. Saving Sight is also interested in collaborating in various research partnerships. For more information or to request ocular tissue for research, please contact Saving Sight’s Client Services team at 816-255-1307 or toll-free at 800-816-9263 x2 for more information. 

New Findings Shed Light on Donor Cornea Storage Solutions

Previous studies in the field of corneal transplantation have determined the importance of endothelial cell density in the health of corneal tissue grafts in terms of graft success rate. According to new research presented this week at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the...

New Findings Presented on Factors Associated with DMEK Processing Damage

According to new research presented this week at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Vancouver, several potential risk factors, including donor...

The Value of Research Collaborations – Eye Banks and Researchers

Saving Sight is honored to be co-authors with Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine on two research presentations at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Collaborating with...

Fight for Sight and Saving Sight Announce Grant Awardee

Kansas City, Mo. (July 5, 2018) – Nonprofit organizations Fight for Sight and Saving Sight have awarded a $2500 scholarship to Boston University School of Medicine student, Min Tae Kim, for his study of how type 2 diabetes effects corneal wound healing and repair. In...
Dr. Gabriel Rand, Patrick Gore, Lynn Forest-Smith and Dr. Roy Chuck at ARVO 2018

New Findings Show Diabetes in Eye Bank Donors Does Not Impact Corneal Transplant Suitability

With the rise in diabetes, discussion over the quality of corneal transplant tissue from diabetic donors in US eye banks is of concern. According to new research presented this week at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology...

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...

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...

Donor Medical Records May Hold Key to Enhancing Stewardship of Donated Tissue

New research could help Saving Sight and other eye banks more easily identify donated tissue which may be better suited for research than transplantation simply by examining donor medical records. A recent study of 12,703 cornea donors found use of certain topical...