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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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Eyeglass Recycling: the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Lizzies smiles while wearing her new-to-her recycled eyeglasses.During the holidays, many people pay-it-forward and create lasting ripple effects through acts of kindness. For Saving Sight’s Eyeglass Recycling Program, that kindness is seen time and time again when supporters and volunteers donate their used glasses so that others might have a chance to correct their vision. Humanitarian groups then take these recycled glasses on trips around the world to get the glasses to recipients who might otherwise live their entire life without access to corrective eyewear. On a recent trip to Santa Maria Jacatepec in Oaxaca, Mexico in September 2016, the Concord Eyeglass Ministry served 950 individuals during their 4-day clinic with eyeglasses and sunglasses provided through Saving Sight's Eyeglass Recycling Program.


Saving Sight and Local Legislators Host Care Fair

Sonja Buckley, KidSight vision screening technician, screens a child at the 2nd Annual 24th Senatorial District Care Fair on October 8.

On Saturday, October 8 Saving Sight teamed up with Senator Jill Schupp and local state representatives to host the 2nd Annual 24th Senatorial District Care Fair at the Overland Community Center. The Care Fair introduced underserved members of the community to local health and wellness resources and provided access to basic preventative health services to promote healthy communities in the surrounding area.

“People accessed all these services at no cost and we think it’s a great event to bring the community together around making sure that people are healthy and fit and know where to go when they need healthcare resources,” said Senator Schupp.


Recycled Glasses Change Lives in Honduras

Jackie Doyel, trip leader, embraces the recipient of a pair of recycled bifocals.Living life each day with your vision out of focus, where nothing you see is sharp or clear, can be frustrating and even debilitating. For many, a simple pair of glasses can bring life back into focus. But the reality is many do not have the resources to obtain a pair eyeglasses. In Honduras, the need for optical assistance is huge in underserved areas. Not only does this group need access to prescription eyewear, but the hot climate and scarring that can occur to the eyes through overexposure to the sun also causes a great need for sunglasses to protect the eyes.